Currently, my favourite pair are some Tardis Christmas earrings I made last year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations (pattern available from my Etsy store). They were much admired by others at the celebrations. I'm off to Brisbane this weekend for a Doctor Who Spectacular concert (sort of like BBC at the Proms, but not) and am planning to make myself a new pair, minus the Christmas trees.
|Tardis Christmas Earrings|
What you need:
- Plastic canvas
- Threads (I've used DMC 310, 413, & 898 but any left over scraps will do)
- Double-sided tape
- Jewellery hooks and chain links
- Pair of pliers
- Optional - a DVD or audiobook for background noise/entertainment (I watched an episode of Firefly while making mine) :)
How to make your earrings
|Count your starting point carefully!|
2. Find your starting point on the canvas. You need to allow for at least a one square boarder around the outside, and a two square boarder along the top - this will become the holder for the earring hook.
|The loop method|
3. Starting your stitching - when stitching on plastic canvas, I prefer to use the loop method as then you don't have to worry about dangling or loose threads showing through the canvas.
The loop method: take a single strand of thread and double it over. Thread the two loose or "live" ends through the eye of your needle. Stitch the bottom half of your first stitch, making sure not to pull the thread all the way through! On the reverse side of your stitching, thread your needle through the end loop of the thread and pull tight. Your thread should be "caught" and you're ready to continue stitching.
|Half stitches are one half of the cross|
Half stitches: you can't stitch through the middle of the plastic canvas. Instead, only stitch one half of the cross (in the direction of the backstitch).
Finishing your threads: make sure when finishing off your threads that you tuck it under several previous stitches, and trim it neat. Remember - any loose threads will show through the plastic canvas.
5. Stitch the backstitch, keeping it as neat as possible to avoid stitches showing through - you may need to double back on yourself once you are done.
You need to stitch two of each pattern, in order to make the front and back of each earring.
6. Cutting out the earrings. Using a sharp pair of scissors, carefully cut around your stitching, remembering to leave a two square boarder along the top, and a one square boarder on the other sides.
|Cut out with diagonals|
7. Apply double sided tape to one half of the earring, peel off the backing paper and join them together, taking care to line up each edge.
I use two links so that the earrings are font on when I wear them. If you would rather they face sideways, use one or three links, depending on how long you want them to be.
My jewellery hooks had a larger opening (hidden by the bead), which I was able to attach to the link. Depending on your hooks, you may need to stretch the link slightly to get it to attach.
Take care which way you face the hook! Do you want your earrings to face the same way, or opposite directions? I chose opposite directions, but it is up to you.
10. Pop them in your ears and get ready to party. :)
Here it is - the pattern to make your own scythe earrings; earrings Death and Susan would be proud of.
Stay tuned for more Discworld earrings in the coming weeks.
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