Monday, July 23, 2012

Decorative Embroidery Hoop Tutorial

Do you have a piece of vintage embroidery
 that's seen better days?

Consider this easy up-cycle.
My embroidered pillowcase
had several loose and damaged threads.
I picked it up at a garage sale for next to nothing: 
 it was the perfect candidate for an up-cycle.

Choose a wooden needlework hoop that fits the
 size of the embroidery you wish to feature.

Stamp the front edge of the hoop with a water-based ink. 
Choose any color that coordinates with your embroidery. 
 I wanted mine to appear vintage and chose a
dark brown from the Ranger line of Distress Inks. 
Use a small brush to apply water to your ink.
  It will act as a stain to the hoop's front.
Brushed-on water has been applied
 to the left of the brush in the right photograph.

Choose a stripe from your scrapbook papers
 that coordinates with your hoop and embroidery.
  Unless you are using a very small hoop,
 you will need to cut two stripes from the 12" by 12" paper.
Cut the stripe to the width of the wood on your hoop.

Attach the paper to the hoop with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.
End each stripe at the halfway point/bottom of the hoop.

Glue a vintage button no bigger than the
width of the hoop about 1 1/4" from the top.

Prepare your tag art. 
Be inspired by the embroidery design.

Use buttons, charms, and ribbon
to embellish your embroidery.
Use these items to hide loose threads and damage.

Place the embroidery in the hoop. Tighten the top screw
 as tight as you can once you get the fabric in the desired placement.
Cut the extra fabric as close as you can
 to the back hoop with fabric scissors.

Add your tag art by wrapping a ribbon around the button!

What do you think?



  1. So pretty!! I love putting vintage fabrics in hoops!! Such a beautiful display they make! xo Heather

  2. Very darling, Amy! What a fun hostess gift this would make! :)

  3. Hi Amy! How nice to meet you! I love vintage linens, and I love your use of scripture! I have fav'd your Etsy shop. Thanks for the follow and I hope to talk more with you soon. Happy VTT!

  4. I think its a great idea!!

    Of course, after reading your tag, i began to hum the hymn, "His Eye Is On the Sparrow..." It's one of my favorites....

  5. Really like the the embroidery piece, the bird is charming. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

  6. What a great idea! I'm bookmarking this one!

  7. I could cover a wall with all the vintage embroidery I have ...this is a great way to display them..thanks for the idea...mary