I have really been into cross stitch lately, more so than embroidery. I think it is the structure of the process. You make an x. That's it, over and over. You don't have to worry about stitch length or anything like that. Just needle and thread, in and out. It's what my jumbled, stressed brain needs these days.
My latest project comes from the book A Rainbow of Stitches. I really love this book. It is a go-to for simple cross stitch and embroidery patterns. If you have been reading my blog for long, you know that simple and sweet is right up my alley.
As I was working on this, I realized that it was actually looking a little too simple with only two colors and the wood hoop. I thought about going two different ways - stick with the minimalist look and paint the hoop white so it blended with the cloth, or do something to make the hoop really stand out. Obviously, you can see I went with the latter. I am keeping the white on white thing in mind though.
Wrapping an embroidery hoop is such a great way to add color and texture to a project. It took me maybe 15 minutes start to finish, and I am so pleased with how it looks.
1. Cut a couple of strips of fabric. 2. Hot glue the end of your fabric onto the very edge of the inside of your hoop. 3. Wrap your hoop, hot gluing every 4 or 5 wraps. Make sure you hot glue on the inside of your hoop so the outside stays smooth. Go all the way around to the other side, hot glue, and trim off the excess.
It's a cheap, easy way to add life to an otherwise plain project. I'm kind of crazy about the traditional cameo in coral and mustard along with the busy floral fabric. It just works, and I'm glad I tried something new for this piece.