12.30.2010

Embroidered Gem Necklace Tutorial

Looking for something fun to wear to your New Years Eve event on a zero budget?  How about this.
What you need-
Embroidery floss in three shades (or how ever many you desire)
Needle
Felt
Ribbon
Fusible interfacing
Sequence
Sewing machine (can be done by hand)
Disappearing ink pen (sewing supply)
Gem images for reference

Here are the two images I used for reference on the gems


Cut a bib base from felt.  Wool felt would be great, but I used craft felt as it's what I have on hand.  Use your disappearing ink pen to roughly draw the gems out how you want them.  I drew the outside shapes then did the details freehand.  Do what ever works best for you until the whole bib is filled.
I used half strands (three of six pieces of each length of floss) with back stitch for 99% of it and lazy daisy for the remainder.  Add sequence to a few of the gaps for some sparkle.

With your iron set low, press a piece of interfacing onto the back of the necklace to lock all the threads and stiffen the bib.  Make sure your interfacing completely covers the felt from the iron.  Felt (at lease craft felt) melts on an iron. 

Trim around the edges cutting off the excess interfacing.  Trim around the curves of the gems on the bottom edge.
 Cut two strips of ribbon long enough to tie behind your neck.  Sew to each end of the bib.

Optional- tack the tails of the ribbon with a bit of hot glue to the back of the bib.
Tie it on!


 I think they even have metallic floss that might be fun for this.  I would also love shades of blue, or whit on black felt.  It could look so different depending on the colors you use!

Have a happy New Year! I'll be in bed WAY before midnight LOL. That's life with toddlers.

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15 comments:

  1. That is awesome! :) I totally want to try that myself! Thanks for a great, original idea! :)

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  2. Beautiful!!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page. So cute!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  3. That is so clever! I love it and can't wait to try it!!

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  4. that is soooo cute! how in the world did you think it up.....???

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  5. I saw a really cute (real) rhinestone necklace and fell in love with it. I figured purchasing the actual gems would be really expensive and for some reason this just came to mind! I love doodle stitching so I'm always looking for things to stitch up. Glad you like it! I was really excited to share it.

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  8. Wow! I love the color and the embroidery is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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