How to frame your completed hand embroidery in the hoop.
So you have finished a fabulous piece of hand embroidery, you are delighted with it, maybe it is going to be a gift for family or friends, the only problem is the reverse of it looks like mine below! Its time to frame your embroidery in the hoop!
Fear not, here is a simple guide to framing your hoop art so it looks great from all sides and worthy of that place on the wall.
Note: This guide doesn’t glue the embroidery or any fabric to the hoop so you would be able to remove your work to reuse the hoop in the future.
Here are the instructions…
Materials: Your finished embroidery, mine is from the ‘Snoozing Sloth’ pattern, a hoop, colourful backing card (scrapbooking card is ideal) white felt, scissors, glue gun and glue.
1. Trim away any loose ends of thread. To ensure they cannot be seen through the fabric, cut them as short as you can.
2. Take your backing card and trace the outside of the largest part of the embroidery hoop with a pencil.
3. Now carefully cut along this line with scissors. This circle of card will become the backing of your hoop art.
4. Lay the white felt over the small ring of your hoop and place your embroidery on top.
5. Push the top ring of your hoop over the two layers of fabric and tighten it up as tight as you can.
6. Glue the felt inside the hoop, near but not on the hoop, and press the excess felt down to stick it.
7. Continue around the hoop glueing all the excess felt to the felt inside the hoop. Then trim away the excess.
8. Glue the top layer of fabric to the felt in the same way
9. And trim away the excess fabric once again.
10. Now add dots of glue to the edge of the top layer of fabric, you will need to work quickly and stick your card down before the glue dries.
11. Press the circle of card onto the glue, make sure it lines up with the edges of the hoop.
When framing embroidery in the hoop as a gift it can be nice to add the date and your initials to the back of the hoop, or even a special message.
And thats is, ta dah, all finished!