How to Organize Your Brooches and Pinscomments (5) August 17th, 2008
I love vintage brooches and 1-inch buttons—but once I had a good collection going, they started to crowd each other in my jewelry box and on my dresser top. I really wanted to be able to see and enjoy them instead of searching for them one by one, so I came up with this simple idea: stretching felt inside an embroidery hoop to display them all.
First, I cut a piece of felt larger than my embroidery hoop (these are 7 inches across) and stretched it inside the hoop, tightening the adjuster until it was firmly in place. Then I cut the excess felt away at the back using pinking shears.
I arranged all my favorite brooches on one and made a second one for my 1-inch buttons. Then I put a little picture hanger on the wall and hung each organizer by the adjuster for an ultra-simple display!
You can easily take these down, retrieve a favorite piece to wear, or change the arrangement as you please.
I've also heard about earring displays made this way with thin mesh window-screen material instead of felt, so the earring hooks can slip right in for hanging. And CraftStylish member Shines4 suggests, "Here's a quick idea for displaying earrings. Get a roll of that rubberized shelf paper ... the kind with a pattern and small holes in it. Cut it to shape to fit inside a picture frame (don't use the glass!). Hang all your french wire earrings (doesn't work with post earrings) on the new fabric background. Make several for very nice looking displays for a show."