Many times I envision the design beforehand, other times the design comes to me stitch by stitch. Either way, every design is inspired by the art and nature expierenced throughout my everyday life.
I work best in a clean, quiet and well lit environment. I carefully choose my beads, braids, cord, and matching leather. All of my favorite tools are always within arms length once the embroidering begins.
(Hint: The most important tool I own is a very sharp pair of snips.)
The design dictates where I place the first stitch. I sew around the focal bead as the design demands. The challenging part of this step is that every stitch must be hidden once the earring is complete.
Once I've put all the finishing touches on the design, I trim the excess braid. I then cut out a rough outline of the earring in matching leather. Lastly, I align the leather to the edge of the braid so that it protects the delicate design but is not visible from the front.