6 right sides together. Sit this combo on top of a piece of batting. Repeat step 5 with the larger hoop, but this time wrap the bias- binding around the hoop that has the screw. 1in intervals around the hoop. Cut your ‘snips’ to ½in long. 11 15 16 Place double- sided tape to the outside of the small hoop and fold over and stick these fabric ‘ flaps’ to the tape. You could also glue this with white glue, making sure not to get the glue onto your embroidery. This method may also require you to peg the snipped fabric in place. Machine- stitch all the way around the line of the holly. 7 Unscrew the screws on both hoops so they are nearly fully open. Carefully tear off the paper and trim to a ⅛in seam allowance, cutting the bulk from the points. Cut a slit in the top layer of the holly only and turn the right way out. Pick out the edges and corners of the leaf with a wooden stirring stick. Roughly hand sew the slit closed. 8 Place the embroidered fabric over the small hoop with the screw, and place the covered hoop in the hole from the front, tightening the screw and gently pulling the fabric over the hoop so the small drawn circle line is over or central with the hoop. Tighten the screw and pull the fabric taught. It’s important to get this central hoop tight so that it doesn’t pop out when you put it on the larger hoop. 12 Once all is dry, gently put the larger hoop in place. Start with the hoop half- screwed so you can pull the fabric around the hoop, but as soon as you get it in the correct position tighten the screw fully tight. 17 Using red thread, blanket stitch around the outside of each holly leaf. 13 Trim the fabric to a ½in excess and tape or glue in place on the wrong side as before. 18 To finish, thread a piece of ribbon through the screw and tie both ends, trimming the ends at an angle. 9 When you are confident the hoop is central and tight, glue or tape it in place. Making the holly 14 Make two (2) holly leaves by tracing each holly shape from the templates onto a piece of paper. Pin this paper, right side up, onto a pair of teal fabric scrap pieces with 19 Glue the holly leaves to the top of the hoop hiding the screw, then glue three (3) red pom- poms to make the berries. 10 Cut a hole in the centre of the calico and snip to the edge of the wooden hoop at approximately 15 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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