I’ve been wanting to make up some new embroidered necklaces for fall, so I’ve been stitching away lately! These three sweet embroidered mini hoop necklaces turned out so fun!
I wanted them to be kind of subtly fallish (if that makes sense lol) so I used fall colors and pretty florals! I am kind of addicted to these. They’re quick to stitch up and such a fun way to show off a love for embroidery.
For these necklaces, I used three different hoop sized and made the chains different lengths as well so I could mix and match them up with different outfits. I love that they all have their own little style!
This was my first time doing spiderweb roses and I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to those too now. (They’re the flowers in the lower center of the little wreath hoop.) I can’t wait to try larger versions of those!
I have been a long time shopper at Artbase on Etsy – I’ve used their pendants for years to make necklaces. (Like this cute bunny.) So when Betty and Marcos emailed me and asked if I wanted to try out their new hoop pendants I said yes of course!! They are beautifully made and I loved the colors and sizes. (They sent me the hoops for free but didn’t pay me anything – and I’m always completely honest in my opinions with y’all.)
Here are some tips for making mini hoops:
- Use less strands of floss then you normally would. I recommend two strands – this gives you plenty of color but the thread is delicate enough to make stitching those details easier.
- Try not to use knots on the back of your work. The knots will create little bumps and you’ll see those when you add the embroidery to the pendant.
- Trace the inside of your hoop before stitching with a removable marking pen – and keep your stitching inside of that. The fabric will curve around the center piece and the hoop could cover some of your stitches if you are too close to the edge.
- Use a nice strong glue to finish the piece, like e-6000. This glue won’t be clumpy so you can get the fabrics and wood back to lay nice and flat, plus it has a really strong hold so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart.
Feel free to use these patterns as guidelines – if your hoop is smaller or larger you might need to adjust which pattern you use or make the pattern larger or smaller.
I used a couple different styles of mini hoops for these. I really loved the hoops that had a little soft felt piece on the center section – it worked out so great for embroidery because it really cushioned all the stitching on the back!
To create a mini hoop necklace – trace your hoop and then stitch away with something fun.
Remove the fabric from the hoop and trim around the embroidery, leaving a border of at least 1/2″ to wrap around the center piece of the mini hoop. Glue the fabric to the back side of the center section.
Place the center piece inside the hoop and tighten the screw at the top. Make sure the jump ring at the top is as far up as you can get it so you can slide a chain through the ring.
Glue the back piece in place. Isn’t that wood piece pretty??
They have some hoops with two colors of wood as well. They make such a pretty frame for the stitchery with both colors plus they’re reversible – so you can choose which color looks best on your fabric!
Once your pendants are all finished and the glue is dry (give it at least 24 hours and I recommend setting a book on them to get those backs glued on nice and tight), then you can add your chains and show off your embroidery style!
I’d love to hear what you think! Have you ever worn or made embroidered jewelry?
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