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Embroidered doily earrings

Combine lace doilies and embroidery floss in crafty hoop earrings

Here’s a chance to turn vintage doilies into wearable heirlooms: Stitch them to hoops with embroidery floss. Use whatever size floss you like (the higher the number, the thinner the thread) but remember that with thinner floss you may need to go around the hoop a second time to cover it completely. Because embroidery floss is available in hundreds of colors, you’ll be able to create many beautiful pairings.


  • 2 lace doilies
  • 10 ft. (3 m) embroidery floss
  • 10–14 in. (25–36 cm) 18-gauge copper wire
  • 38 in. (97 cm) 28-gauge wire
  • 2 6–8 mm soldered jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • embroidery needle (or sewing needle with large eye)
  • 35 mm film canister or aspirin bottle

Doilies and floss from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores ( Check your local bead store for supplies.


1. Cut a circle about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) in diameter from the center of a doily.
2. Cut a 5–7-in. (13–18 cm) piece of 18-gauge wire. Wrap it around a film canister or aspirin bottle to make a hoop the same size as the doily. The ends should overlap by about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm). Trim the excess wire.
3. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 28-gauge wire and wrap it tightly around the overlapping ends. Trim the excess wire.
4. Cut a 5-ft. (1.5 m) piece of embroidery floss. String a needle, centering it on the floss. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 28-gauge wire. Wrap the wire tightly around the hoop and the ends of the floss to tack it down.
5. String the needle through and around the doily’s edges, wrapping the floss around the hoop to attach the doily.
6. If desired, wrap the floss around the hoop a second time.
7. Secure the floss by passing the needle under the previous wraps. Trim the excess. 
8. Cut a 14-in. (36 cm) piece of 28-gauge wire. Wrap it around the hoop tightly. Just before you’ve wrapped the entire hoop, wrap the wire through a soldered jump ring to attach it to the hoop. Trim the excess wire. 
9. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the jump ring and close the loop. Make a second earring.

Design alternative

Skip the lace and wrap embroidery floss to make colorful hoops. Attach pearls for added movement. (Use the largest part of your roundnose pliers to make the loops of the bead units.)

You won’t need quite as much wire as I called for, but I found that it’s easier to pull wire tightly when the end is a bit longer. The same goes for the embroidery floss: Because it’s inexpensive, I prefer to have excess while I’m attaching the doily.
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