Thursday, June 13, 2013

{Embroidery Hoop Art}

Hey, y'all!  Beth of Through the Eyes of the Mrs. has been working on creating an embroidery hoop art gallery in her home.  I saw her post about it on Facebook, so I offered to make her a couple of hoops.  She accepted my offer and requested one with the word hello and one with a pennant banner.  Last week on her blog, I shared the tutorial for the two embroidered hoops I created.  Today I want to share them with you lovely folks.
To begin, you need a few inexpensive materials.
You need embroidery hoops, fabric, embroidery floss, and a needle.  First, stretch fabric over your embroidery hoop.
To do that, loosen the screw on the outer layer of the hoop and remove.  Place fabric over the inner layer of the hoop and then replace the outer layer of the hoop.  Tighten the screw on the outer layer of the hoop, but make sure you pull the fabric taught over the frame as you do so.  Then it's time to decide what you want on your fabric.
For Beth's hello hoop, I printed that word on paper in a size I thought would look nice on the hoop.
I taped the word on the back of my hoop and held the hoop over a lamp.  I traced the word with a pencil.  (It is a bit awkward trying to figure out how to do all this at one time, but I promise it's not too hard.)
Then I simply backstitched the word with my needle and embroidery floss.  (If you don't know how to do a backstitch or other embroidery stitches, check out this post from Flamingo Toes.)
When I finished all the stitching, I hot glued the extra fabric on the edges to the back edge of the hoop.
Then just to add a little something-something to the hoop, I hot glued ric-rac around the outside.
I think the hello hoop turned out really cute.  I also created the pennant banner hoop Beth requested, as you can see in the photo.  (I covered the outside hoop of the pennant banner one with strips of fabric.)
For a very small amount of money and a little time spent stitching, you too can have cute embroidery hoop art.  Or you can make a few to send to a friend like I did.


  1. LOVE these! I'm putting a collage on my craft room wall and will have to try my hand at backstitching and embroidery hooping and all that stuff. :) Too cute!

  2. how stinking cute these are! thanks for sharing such a good idea! I will pass this on to my DIL as she was wanting to do this in the babys room!
    happy weekend

  3. LOOOOVE these, Bethany! Especially love the fabric and ric rac around the embroidery hoops so they're extra fancy! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  4. Those embroidery hoops are super-cute. The embroidered hello looks perfect in orange and I loved that you glued ric rac around the outside! I think embroidery hoop art is one of my new favorite trends.

  5. Those are very cute! I have several embroidery hoops.... I see some simple embroidery in my future! ;o) Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my table redo!


  6. I love this! So adorable and simple. I just recently started a little bit of hand embroidery and will have to try this out soon.

  7. This is a really sweet idea. I did something very similar recently, and it was really fun.

    The Joyful Thrifter

  8. Super cute project! Love it!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  9. Hi, Bethany
    This is so beautiful. Hope you are enjoying your summer.


  10. I absolutely love these!! I'm pinning this to my fabric scraps board on Pinterest. I would love to try these!
    Heidi @

  11. I am in love with your embroidery work! I don't think I would be able to do one, but I just might give it a try. Pinning for a day I have patience. ;) Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  12. This is great! Thanks for the tutorial! I love simple embroidery.
    (FYI, I am your newest follower. I hope you'll check out my blog and return the favor!)

    Krissy @

  13. So Lovely!! Saw this on the Craft o maniac link party. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. These are so precious! I'm in love with the hello one. Soooo cute! You teach, you sing, you paint, you craft AND you sew?! Wow!

  15. Sweet details and finishes to make this such a cute project, Bethany!!! I bet your friend was thrilled to get her hoop art! Just shared on FB [wink]
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  16. I love this project! I especially love the embroidery hoops! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday. I'm also pinning this :)

  17. This is PERFECT for my Hoopalicious Pinterest Board!! LOVE IT!

  18. Simply adorable! Found you through the features at Flamingo Toes... Pinning this because it's fabulous!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. So awesome, Bethany! This is inspiring!

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  21. Loving the slight details on the hoops themselves. I've just left mine blank (not for long)!


  22. This is great! I wanted you to know that I've included this in a round-up posted on my blog today. Come and check it out:

  23. Oh, I am just in love with the "Hello" one - it is so adorable :-) When I saw it in the first picture, I was wondering how you transfered the letters onto the fabric. Tracing it must have been hard!

  24. Just adorable. May I ask what font you used for 'hello'? Looks similar to Edwardian Script ITC. Thank you.

  25. These are adorable and easy to do. May I ask what font you used for 'hello'? It looks like Edwardian Script ITC. Thank you.


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