Friday, 11 May 2012
A lot of my friends live far away from me, and a lot of my friends are having babies, so I need to send gifts that wont break and wont cost a fortune to send!
These embroidered hoops are quite a nice and personal gift. I've made two so far this year, one for Carolyn and her baby Freya in South Africa and one for Cecilie and her baby Jack in Norway. Unfortunately I didn't take photo of the one I sent to Freya but you can see it over on Carolyn's beautiful blog.
They're really simple to make and I've put together a short tutorial here:
1. Embroider your image onto the fabric, keep it in the hoop with app. 3cm of extra fabric all the way around it. Turn it over, cut out a thick piece of white fabric, felt or quilting stuff (can't remember the proper name for this?) in the same diameter as the inner hoop - it's best to do this before you start embroidering as you can then use the inner hoop as a template when cutting the fabric. Place the felt/fabric/quilt stuff on the back of your embroidery to protect it.
2. Get a needle and piece of thread, sew around the edge of the fabric.
3. Tighten the thread to collect the fabric together, and fasten it with several knots.
4. Cut out a piece of thick cardboard which fits the inner dimensions of the inner hoop - (again this is best to do before you start so you can use the hoop as a template). Put glue around the edge of the cardboard circle and place with the glue side down on top of the fabric. - you can also cover the cardboard in the same fabric used for your embroidery as I've done in the top picture.
It's best to leave it with something heavy on top for a few hours while the glue dries completely, I usually use jars ors tins.
And that's it!