Tuesday, April 19, 2011

30 Days of DIY: Day 18 ~ Anthropologie Swathed Hoops Inspired Earrings

Sorry I'm a day off.  I lost my job yesterday and took the entire remainder of the day and just cried and had a pity party.  Well I woke up early this morning with my big girl panties on, and got started.  This has been very humbling and shocking to me, but I must persevere.  I also have big plans to do alot more with my blog than just DIYs so please keep with me and be looking out!  Also, I will post 2 DIYs tomorrow, to catch myself up :)
I digress.  These awesome earrings are inspired by the Anthropologie Swathed Hoops.  I thought to also use embroidery thread, but I did the (what we used to call when I was a kid) "Chinese Staircase" knot.  Did you guys call it the same?  I had these old gold hoops I was about to throw away (eeek!) but thankfully, I did not!
  • Hoop earrings
  • Embroidery thread (about 1 yard per earring)
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish (I used a top coat) 
Knot the thread onto the earring, right behind the post.  Cut the excess thread, and apply clear nail polish so the thread doesn't fray, and also so the thread is kind of adhered to the earring (so apply it liberally!)
Here's a pic of how to tie the knot.
Halfway complete...looking good!
And the first is done!!  When you complete your last stitch, pull it taut and cut the excess.  Again, apply clear nail polish liberally.
A closer view of the end.
Here is the finished earring.  So cute, right?
And the finished set!  I took something I was about to throw away, and since I only used about 1/4 - 1/3 of the skein of thread, spent about a dime on!  You could make it multi-colored by knotting another color in every inch or so.  Just knot it to the thread you're using, pull tight, and cut the excess.  You can also do this if you do not use enough thread.  What do you think?  Are you going to make these? 



  1. Sorry about the job loss; I lost mine about 6 weeks ago. I know the toll it can take. However, I've enjoyed the free time to work on my blog! VERY cute earrings!!

  2. I'm really sorry about your job loss. We thought my husband was going to lose his for a while and it was terrifying. I pray something comes along for you very soon!

  3. these are very cute!

    sorry to hear about your job loss. I know you have the strength to keep going and find something you love to do.

  4. So sorry about your job. Maybe you can turn lemon into lemonade, and find a better job that you really enjoy? Good luck, dear!
    Love your new earrings. That bright blue is one of my favorite colors at the moment.

  5. Did you just APOLOGIZE for taking a day off after you lost your job? Lady, give yourself room to breathe! I'm so sorry to hear about it and wish you the very best.
    PS- Awesome earrings!

  6. These earrings are awesome! I made mine with a bright orange color. So easy to do. Thanks!

  7. Thank you everyone for the support! You have all been amazing and I feel so lucky to have made some great friends!
    Serena - send me a pic and I will put it up on my blog! I'm so glad you were inspired to do them!! (I've since made bracelets the same way too!)

  8. THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!Thank you so much for sharing!! Love the pirate version too...so great!


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