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Framing with
Hand Embroidery Hoops

Free project instructions on how to frame with hand embroidery hoops. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.


Framing machine embroidery with hand embroidery hoops is a unique, eye-catching way to combine these two fabulous art forms. Get the cozy, crafty look by following the instructions below. The technique is demonstrated by making a coaster; use the same steps to make pieces to hang on the wall.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Hand embroidery hoop
  (5" used to make coasters)
- Sturdy fabric
  (canvas, denim, linen, duck cloth)
- Felt for back
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Hot glue and gun
- Trim
- 1/2" ribbon for hanging
- Decorative scissors / pinking shears
Free video with instructions on how to frame with hand embroidery hoops.

Designs featured in this project and video include:

C7357, Cozy Chai
H9518, Delft Blue Snowflake
H7340, Festive Joy
J6232, Honeybee Blossoms Corner
 

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Choose a sturdy fabric, like denim, duck cloth, canvas, or linen.

Place the inside of the hand embroidery hoop on the fabric and trace it.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
A template is a printout of a design, and it is an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the template so the center of the design is in the center of the circle drawn on the fabric.

Mark the center point, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Attach the hoop to the machine, and load the embroidery design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
After embroidering, cut out the circle.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Next, cut a piece of felt for the back.

Cut it two inches larger than the embroidered piece. That excess will wrap up inside the hand embroidery hoop.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Sew the embroidered circle to the felt with a zigzag stitch.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Hoop the fabric in the hand embroidery hoop.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Trim around with pinking shears or decorative scissors.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Add fun and funky trim with glue.

The Cozy Chai design is perfect for a coaster.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
The quick-stitching Delft Blue Snowflake designs paired with fuzzy white trim warm up a wintry table setting.

The Embroidery Hoop Coasters tutorial can be found here.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Stitch your favorite design, then frame in a hoop to hang in your home. Use crafty scissors to cut around the fabric edges, like in the example with the But First, Coffee design shown here.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
And, you can embroider light designs onto organza and use them to decorate windows.

Find the steps to make this Organza Suncatcher right here.

Free project instructions to embroider ho ho holiday hoopla decor.
Add Christmas designs to quilter's cotton and frame using hand embroidery hoops for a unique holiday decoration.

See how in the Ho Ho Holiday Hoopla tutorial here.

Free project instructions on framing with hand embroidery hoops.
Twelve inch hand embroidery hoops are nice for eye-catching wall decor.

Add fabric to the front for a pocket, and use it to display notes and greeting cards.

Find instructions for this Card Caddy Hoopla project right here.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Cozy Chai $1.00

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.34" x 3.89" | 2.91" x 3.39"

Honeybee Blossoms Corner $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.01" | 4.87" x 4.99" | 3.75" x 3.83"