I’ve had a spool of vintage lace for about 12 or so years. The thing about little treasured craft items like this is that it’s so hard to pull the trigger and use them for something! But this was finally the perfect project. I like the stripes of lace, and since I wear earring pretty much every day, I have an excuse to admire the lace every day! If you don’t have any vintage lace, this would also be a pretty way to showcase hand knit lace borders or swatches that are too pretty to leave hiding in drawers.
I’m not the first person to ever make an earring holder with an embroidery hoop before, but I though I’d put together a quick tutorial on how I made mine. You need:
- one embroidery hoop, any size
- ribbon lace, enough to cover the hoop with evenly spaced stripes
- glue (strong enough so that the weight of your earrings won’t pull the lace off)
1. Begin by separating the outer frame from the inner one. Put the outer frame aside, we are working on the inner one for now.
2. Glue one end of your lace to the top of the frame, like so:
3. Glue other end to opposite side of frame, keeping it as straight and tight as possible. Cut lace, and repeat until you are happy with the amount of ribbon in your frame.
4. Place outer frame of embroidery hoop over top, and tighten to secure.
5. Hang your earrings and enjoy!
Ideas for different looks:
- Use a knitted lace swatch or a doily that covers the entire hoop
- Paint the embroidery hoop to match your style/decor
- No embroidery hoop? repurpose an old photo frame with the glass removed