How to make … Embroidered hoop art
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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