I enjoy designing big bead embroidery projects, but it can take time for the ideas and colors to come together. While I wait for the next great color revelation, I like to tackle little projects like these super quick bead embroidered earrings. The great thing about these mini masterpieces is they usually lead to bigger ones and are a fun way to experiment with a new technique or color combo.
If you’re new to the bead embroidery world or just need a refresher, hop on over to my Quick Tips page for detailed instructions on the techniques that you will find in this project. For some added fun, make your own ear wires.
• 2” square (or enough to accommodate each cabochon) of non-woven material – Lacy’s Stiff Stuff or Beadsmith Beading Foundation
• 2” square (or enough to accommodate each cabochon) of ultra suede
• Thread – I use 4 or 6 lb. Fireline (Smoke). Use what you like best.
• Glue – E6000
• 2 mm firepolish crystals
• Size 11 seed beads
• Size 15 seed beads
• Ear wires
Time to cut away the extra material leaving only 1/16” to add the edge beads. It helps to color the remaining bit of fabric with a Sharpie in a coordinating color.
Glue the ultra suede to the back of the cabochon. Trim the ultra suede to match the embroidered piece; don’t cut it too close. The embroidered piece should be completely covered by the ultra suede on the back.
Using size 11 seed beads and the edge stitch (Quick Tips), finish the edge of the embroidered piece. Decide which end is up and exit out an edge bead and pick up enough size 15 seed beads to make a loop (about 10) for the ear wire. I recommend passing the thread through the loop a few times to prevent the ear wire from cutting through the thread. Add your favorite ear wire and you have an incredible pair of earrings!
Now that you’ve got the basics, try out a different shape or add a long crystal or pearl off the bottom. Try swapping out the 2 mm crystals for a row of rhinestone cup chain. So many options, you’ll fill your jewelry box up in no time!