Show off – When you wear these pendants, you will essentially be doing that, but no one will mind. People are always interested in art and embroidery is art ; the plus is, you are wearing it on your neck.
To make these cute embroidered pendants, you can cut out the fabric (base fabric for embroidery) a little bigger than the wooden base. Mark the outline of the wooden base and then add 1 to 1.5 inches extra all around.
You can embroider inside this outline.
I have chosen to do a woven rose inside the design outline. To stitch this flower, mark an odd number of spokes (5 or 7) for the flower with straight stitches using a thin thread.
Come up from the center of this with a thicker thread or thin ribbon.
Now weave through the spokes with the needle and thread.
You will get a beautiful rose design in no time. If you want more ways to embroider roses checkout this tutorial.
Cover the base with the embroidered fabric.
Using a needle and thread make long gathering stitches along the perimeter of the fabric (along the edge) and gently gather the fabric over the base.
Tighten the gathering stitch and then anchor the stitch in place.
Insert the embroidered base into the pendant frame.
Attach the back to the back of your work – use wood glue for this.
A variation is to fill the area with embroidery.
Mark the outline for this.
Start embroidering all over the surface. You can use any of the filling stitches mentioned in this post ; I have used simple straight stitches for the grass and then added 3-4 french knots.
After that use the same method as described earlier to secure the embroidered fabric to the pendant frame.
You can do bead embroidery also inside the pendant.
When during bead embroidery ensure that you are not doing any outside the outline, otherwise it will be difficult to fit it inside the frame.
Another idea is to use 3-D embroidery flowers.
You can embroider the flower on another fabric, cut it out and use glue to attach it to the covered base.
Check out this post on the different bead embroidery stitches you can use