Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

We’re All Ears: Pretty Patchwork Earrings

This month’s inspiration for the Earrings Everyday challenge is patchwork. And while Erin suggested that we use colour and pattern as our inspiration, I went in a slightly different and more literal direction.

You see, I have these tiny little embroidery hoops I have been dying to try out in earrings. They’re just 1 inch in diameter, and super cute. In the past I have used larger (but still petite) embroidery hoops as pendants, with pretty fabrics on display. But this time, I thought I would try a tiny patchwork pattern inside the hoop — a four-patch block — using fabric with a small print on it (the fabric came with a Molly Makes magazine I picked up last year).


It was trickier than I thought to get the seams lined up, and I need to work on my “fussy cutting” so that each patch shows off enough of the pattern to balance it all out. But I think they turned out pretty well for a first attempt. And they are super light weight, despite their size (as earrings go they are quite big!)


I’m planning to try something new with these hoops too — tiny paper pieced blocks like these (there are even more on Etsy from this designer). Perhaps not quite as small as these earring hoops, but in pendants. I need to go out and get more fabric!

To see what other designers have come up with for this month’s challenge, visit the Earrings Everyday blog here and look for the linky.

Thanks Miss Erin, for pushing me to try something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

9 thoughts on “We’re All Ears: Pretty Patchwork Earrings”

  1. I love these! I was just recently thinking about the pendants you had made with the bigger version because they were so clever and lovely they stuck in my mind. Now here is another great use of those hoops. I look forward to seeing your next project with them.

  2. WOW! I love that you took this literally and made a fabric patchwork. What adorable little hoops! I didn’t know they made something to tiny! I could see a whole range of items in these tiny hoops…now you have my wheels spinning…what about wrapping the outer edge with beads on thread for a picot edge? Very cool possibilities indeed! Thanks for joining in the fun over at Earrings Everyday! Enjoy the day! Erin

  3. Oh my goodness… what a neat idea! I love those cute little embroidery hoops and had no idea that such a thing existed. I’m really impressed with your sewing skills here!

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