2/27/12

fabric wrapped embroidery hoop

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. 


happy stitching!

36 comments:

  1. I love it! I tried to get into embroidery, but I really did find it too frustrating. Perhaps cross stitching will be next on my list.

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  2. This turned out so pretty and I love what it adds to the finished project!

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  3. I love the wrapped hoop. It looks really great.

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  4. Wow, that looks great! I love how that looks . . . really adds an extra somethin' somethin'. Very nice!

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  5. Very cute! :-) I do love crossstich, it's so easy and nice! :-)

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  6. That is such a pretty design. Ahh! Allison you're going to get me in trouble buying all these cross-stitch design books. :) Love it!

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  7. Holy cow! Why didn't I think of that?? That is pure genius. Thank you!!!

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  8. LOVE, love it! Such a great/simple way to spruce up the piece! Just beautiful! I know you probably frequent Wild Olive, but I wanted to let you know that Mollie is doing an embroidery swap...I thought you would be interested! I might just finish my swap piece like this, it looks so awesome!

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  9. Oh my stars! I love this Allison. I can't wait to do this myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. oh my goodness - just love it - your hoop is wrapped in HAPPY now! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  11. What a great idea! It turned out soo cute!

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  12. This is sooooo sweet!! I love your cross stitch and the fabric wrapped hoop really sets it off!!

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  13. Love it! The cameo looks fab in the multi coloured fabric...

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  14. Estupenda idea!! queda genial. Graciasssss

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  15. It looks great! The fabric you chose goes perfectly with the cross-stitch. :)

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  16. Very pretty! And I agree, sewing can be relaxing.

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  17. Yes, that's why I love cross stitch, too. Relief for my tired brain AND I still get to be creative. Love your wrapped hoop idea. It's like an instant frame. I will try it. Thanks for sharing this great idea! :)

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  18. The instructions say to cut the strips but no mention is made of turning under the edges but in the photo it looks that way. Like a bias binding, so no frayed edges showing ? Looks great. Sets off the embroidery beautifully.

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    1. Thanks! I just cut the strips and did not turn them under. The fabric is very slightly frayed, but you can hardly see it - the edges are pretty clean.

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  19. That is a beautiful detail - the fabric around the frame. Really makes a difference :)

    Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

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  20. That's very pretty! I ribbon-wrap my hoops, but I like the added "oomph" that comes with using a pretty fabric.

    I, too, have that book and love it. The floss colors you chose are beautiful.

    Glenda

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  21. I love it! I've really been into cross stitching lately also, though I tend to do larger kit based projects. I like that you don't have to think much about it & it's something great to do while watching TV! I love the decorated hoop idea, I'm definitely going to keep that in mind if I do a smaller project!!

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

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  22. That is so pretty and feminine! Great frame and its decoration!

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  23. Adorable! I love this concept. I never would have thought to put fabric around a hoop like that. I just might have to try this sometime. :0

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  24. Lovely idea!! And cross stitching is equally (if not more) adorable!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

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  25. this is so awesome. i may very well have to try this out!!

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  26. This is such a great idea. I have to do this the next time I use an embroidery hoop. Makes a huge difference. Very finished looking.

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  27. I've featured this at today's party & on Pinterest. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  28. This is such a great idea!! These look so great!! Just wanted you to know you were featured this week at Tute Tuesday!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2012/03/tute-tuesday-link-up-4.html

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  29. This is really so so pretty! can u please tell me if these are whole stitches!
    such a cool idea and the colors used make this cameo a classy piece! well done!
    pls do reply soonest!

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    1. They are mostly whole stitches, but there are some half stitches in there in the nose and around the curves.

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  30. Love the look of this! Quick question though- how crucial is the hot glue gun? Do think any fabric glue would do in a pinch? I'm probably the only crafter on the block without a glue gun and I need to complete this project ASAP for my sweet sister in law. Thanks for sharing this bit of loveliness! Following now! - Amberly

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  31. Love the look of this! Quick question though- how crucial is the hot glue gun? Do think any fabric glue would do in a pinch? I'm probably the only crafter on the block without a glue gun and I need to complete this project ASAP for my sweet sister in law. Thanks for sharing this bit of loveliness! Following now! - Amberly

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    1. I think fabric glue would work just fine. Just make sure you give it some dry time before you put the hoop back on your work. Hope you get it all finished in time!

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