DIY watermelon mini embroidery necklace
You can whip up this melon pattern super fast. Basically, you embroider three times in the round and add some sprinkly stitches in the middle. Too short an explanation? Here is the long form tutorial:
- 1 mini hoop size 4cm/1.6inch. The size is not as important. You can scale it to a smaller or bigger dimension easily because there is no template to transfer. The mini hoop I’m using here is by Dandelyne. You can use any one you like of course. Here is a list of awesome mini hoop shops.
- if not contained in your mini hoop set: 1 necklace or piece of string
- 1 embroidery needle & scissors
- embroidery floss in the colors black (310), green (909) and light green(3819). The numbers in brackets are the color numbers by DMC. If you already have embroidery floss at home, look which fit a melon and use them. They do not necessarily have to be the exact ones noted here. If you are unsure which color looks best, go into a store and hold your embroidery thread against the melons to be really really sure and gather some weird looks from other people.
- melon-red fabric (I used a cotton fabric used for patchwork and quilting): For the pattern itself you’ll only need 6x6cm/2.5×2.5inch. Depending on which size of embroidery hoop is your smallest, you’ll need enough fabric to fit into the hoop for stitching. 15x15cm/6x6inch
areideal if you have a 10-12cm/4-5inch hoop.
- liquid craft glue or a trusty hot glue gun.
Put the fabric into the hoop. Pick up the inner frame or plate that comes with your mini hoop and position it on your fabric. Mark the shape on your fabric – I used a pencil because the markings will be covered with stitches later. Don’t use felt pens or other pens that bleed out when water touches them.
The melon peel
First, embroider the outside peel. Divide your embroidery floss into 2×3 strands (embroider with 3 instead of 6). Use stem stitch to embroider around the previously marked circle in green. Stem stitch is this one:
If you look closely there is a knot right in the middle of the circle. You don’t want to have the knots on the outside edge because it makes it way harder to get the fabric in the hoop later. Leaving the knots on the edge can cause the mini hoop catching the knot later and distort the fabric to one side.
That is why: Put the knot somewhere else like in the middle, then cut it off when you are finished. In this particular case, you don’t necessarily have to sew in the ends because the embroidery will be glued in at the end.
After you have finished your three rounds of green, make an additional round of light green in stem stitch.
On to the next step. Pick your black embroidery floss and divide it so that you use 2 strands of thread this time. Take a pencil and mark some dots where you want the kernels to be. I made an inner and an outer circle. To embroider the kernels, make one single stitch for each kernel for the inner circle and 2 stitches right on top of each other for the outer circle. This way the outer kernels look a little bit bigger.
That’s it for the embroidery part!
Get it into the hoop
Now it’s time to get everything into the hoop. Lay the outside hoop on your embroidery and mark a circle around it with an allowance of 1cm/0.5inch. If you are using a bigger hoop than I did use a larger allowance. Then cut it out.
For the next step, lay your wooden plate or inner ring on top of your melon embroidery. The embroidery should face down. Then press it through the bigger hoop as shown in the picture below. Take the glue and use it to stick the fabric to the back of the wooden plate so nothing moves around anymore.
It’s time to tighten the screw. Turn it around until it’s not moving anymore. Please keep in mind that the tiny wooden arms are delicate and can break if you are too rigorous with the screw.
Now, pick up the glue again and spread it on the back of the third wooden plate that serves as a cover. Set it on the back of your hoop and press it with a clamp, your hands, or put something heavy on it until the glue has dried.
Congratulations, you are now a melon necklace person! I hope you enjoyed the process 🙂
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