How to make … Em­broi­dered hoop art

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We’re big fans of words here at Mol­lie Makes HQ – whether read­ing them, pin­ning them or stick­ing them up on our walls for in­spi­ra­tion, we love dis­cov­er­ing a phrase to lift our day. This project is a great ex­cuse to raid your stash and put to use all those pretty scraps of fab­ric, but­tons, doilies and so on that you’ve been hoard­ing. Pick some­thing ex­traspe­cial with a stitched or printed de­sign for the back­ground – we used a vin­tage ta­ble cloth – and ex­per­i­ment dy­ing cro­chet and fab­ric scraps if you want your em­bel­lish­ments to match.

If you’re not a fan of your own hand­writ­ing, then trace some printed words onto bak­ing paper and pin to the fab­ric. Back­stitch over the top, then care­fully tear away the paper. If you’re stuck for ideas on what words to use, Pin­ter­est is a great re­source for find­ing quotes.

Gather some sam­ple paint pots and pick out one of the colours in your fab­ric or em­bel­lish­ments to paint your hoop with. Paint the hoop and leave it to fully dry.

Once dry, place your fab­ric in the hoop and ar­range it so you have a pat­tern around the edge and suf­fi­cient space left to add your writ­ing. Us­ing a wa­ter-sol­u­ble pen, write a phrase or a few words onto the fab­ric. Don’t worry if you make a mis­take – just spray

it with some wa­ter and try again once it’s dry. Roughly plac­ing your em­bel­lish­ments around the edge can help you find the right po­si­tion.

Once you’re happy with your words, back­stitch over them in com­pli­men­tary-coloured em­broi­dery cot­ton. Af­ter stitch­ing all the words lightly spray wa­ter over the blue lines to make them van­ish, then iron your fab­ric on the re­verse. Pop it back in the hoop and stretch it tight. Pick out your lace, cro­chet and but­ton em­bel­lish­ments.

Ar­range your but­tons and lace around the edges, then add a bit of fab­ric glue to hold them in place. Once the glue has dried you can add a few stitches for ex­tra se­cu­rity if you wish, us­ing coloured thread for added in­ter­est. We used a pale straw yel­low for the but­tons and added a few seed stitches in a vin­tage blue-green around the de­sign for ex­tra de­tail.

To fin­ish, un­screw the hoop and lay a square of back­ing fab­ric on the wrong side of your work. This will hide your work­ing and give your hoop a neat back. Trim your fab­ric around the hoop – we’ve kept it show­ing out­side the edges.

Fi­nally, add a piece of rib­bon in a com­pli­men­tary colour to the top of the hoop. Now hang in a vis­i­ble spot for morn­ing perkme-ups and guar­an­teed smiles.

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