Friday, March 4, 2011

embroidery hoop art tutorial

Some of you commented saying you wanted to try doing your own hoop art project but didn't know how, or thought it would be difficult. I thought I would show you exactly how I made my hoop.

It is SO easy, anyone can do it. You don't have to stitch anything on if you don't want to. You can make it totally your own!

I didn't originally take photos along the way, so I am going to show you with another hoop that I haven't put together yet.

 Step 1: Buy a hoop.

I got mentioned that I got mine at JoAnn's for $1.30. I know that Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell them too.

Step 2: Choose your materials.

You can use basically anything! Gather ribbons, buttons, fabric scraps, doilies, paper scraps...

I knew I wanted to hang mine next to the front door, so I made it to coordinate with my living room accessories. I chose the word hello, again, because it's by the door.

Step 3: Place your fabric.

After selecting the base fabric, loosely place it in your hoop. This makes it easier to do step 4.

Step 4: Pick a 'design.'

Lay out the elements you picked out during step 2. You will find that you don't care for some of the items you thought you would use, and you might have to gather some more.

I played around with the location of my materials for a while before I settled on what I used. I tried some other ribbons, additional fabrics, and buttons.

Step 5: Secure your fabric in the hoop.

You want to tighten the screw at the top a little bit at at a time, pulling the fabric taught as you go. This is the time you would want to add a doily or anything else you want wrapped into the edges. Now, when you put a doily on one side, it can cause the fabric to loosen - no matter how tight you screw it. We'll solve this later.

Step 6: Stitch on embellishments.

Now you want to secure your elements to the base fabric. You can machine-stitch or hand-stitch, which ever seems easier to you. Machine stitching would require you to remove the fabric from the hoop. Now would be the time to embroider a word if you like.

I simply tacked down the corner of each of my fabric scraps, and stitched over the lace in my doily. This way, if I ever get tired of this particular arrangement, I can easily remove the doily and fabric scraps and re-use them for something else.

Step 7: Cut off excess fabric.

Leave enough fabric so that when you tuck it around the back of the hoop it meets the fabric.

Step 8: Tack down the edges of the fabric. (optional)

Hot glue the edges of your fabric to the inside of the hoop.

My fabric wasn't staying taught because of how much doily I had tucked in. I decided to hot glue the edges to the inside of the hoop to keep it tight. I used just enough to hold it, so If I ever want to remove it I can gently pull it off. I did not glue the doily, because that would be a nightmare to try to get off. I was able to wrap it inside without tacking it down, and it stayed. If that hadn't have worked for me, I would have put a couple stitches in to keep it in place.

Have fun with this project! It is simple and you can definitely do it! If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me an email.

If you make your own, send me the link. I would love to see it!

xoxo, christa


  1. Okay... maybe I'll try it. With my mom around, so when I get frustrated she can help, hehe.

  2. You are too creative! :) I may have to try my hand at this after I unpack all of my stuff in the new house!

  3. such a fun idea! love the doily use :)

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