August 30, 2010

DIY Wall Art: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric


Remember that vintage fabric my friend sent me after finding it in a relative’s North Dakota attic? I didn’t know how to properly honor it, and a year later, here’s the answer I settled on.

I first saw embroidery hoops used as fabric frames at Purl Patchwork as a way to display their Liberty of London swatches. (I’ve always loved the black and blue feather print.) But when I kept seeing them in shelter mags and on design blogs, I thought it was a decorating device too “over” to do in my own house.

But you know what? Screw that. It might have taken me a few years to finally cop to my desire to get pretty fabrics on the wall any way I can, but now that I have, I find the results ridiculously cheering. Who cares if something is “everywhere” (Keep Calm and Carry On, anyone?). If you love it, make it yours, bring it into your house, and let it bring you a bit of joy every time you pass down the hall.

This project is just my kind of skill level: Iron your fabric. Then slip the fabric into the embroidery hoops, tighten the screw and pull the fabric taught. Cut off the excess fabric, and hang them on the wall on tiny nails. Done and done.

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  • Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams: Nice. And so simple. My kind of project. 🙂7 years ago

  • KW: I love this idea! Now I know what to do with those cheap squares of fabric I sometimes fall for at Joanne’s.7 years ago

  • Sara Rose: Mama likes. I think I’d paint the hoops a high gloss color first, to contrast. Then yes, cool fabric ironed, nails, done.7 years ago

  • A girl was selling these embroidery hoops on the street for $3. They were already painted white, but looking at this picture, I think you’re right: a highly-saturated color would look nice.7 years ago

  • Ellen: What an great idea! I have some fat quarters that I bought years ago and some scrapes of some material that I couldn’t make myself throw away because I liked the design. Since I am not making a quilt, now I know what to do with them! Thanks!7 years ago

  • shannon: i did this in my daughter’s nursery when she was first born. picked up a package of brightly patternedd fabric scraps and various sized hoops and voila! so easy – even for the craft retarded [like myself]!7 years ago

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