Posts Tagged ‘Embroidery Hoops’

The Art Of Jewelry Organizing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Now what we’re about to say may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: you don’t have to spend minutes (hours?) a day untangling your earrings. In fact, you could even transform that disheveled pile sitting on your shelf—or stuffed in a Mason jar, or dare we say in an old shoebox—into a work of art in less than 30 minutes.

We’ll give you a second to remove your jaw from the floor.

Keep reading to find out how to create this game-changing item in six simple steps. Once completed, the only thing you’ll have left to worry about is which pair to wear!

What You’ll Need:
Embroidery hoop
Fabric
Scissors
Needle + Thread
Sewing pins

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Directions:

Step One: Grab your hoop. The bigger the hoop, the more earrings it can hold!

Step Two: Choose your favorite fabric and cut a circle a little larger than the hoop. Make sure to choose a fabric thin enough to be stretched, but sturdy enough to support those “special” dangly earrings reserved for big nights out. (You know which ones we’re talking about!)

Step Three: Pull that fabric nice and taut, and secure the hoop.

Step Four (optional): Customize your canvas! Sew on any patches or embellishments you wish.

Step Five: Stitch the fabric on the back of the hoop together to make it hold longer (if you think you may feel inspired to change the fabric—which you can as many times as you wish!—then leave as is).

Step Six: Hang that sucker proudly! You earned it.

Now that your jewelry has been suitably organized and framed, are you ready to do more crafting? Remember: you can find the finest embroidery floss and other supplies for all your craft and DIY needs at the DMC Threads online shop!





 


More Embroidery Hoop Fun!

Monday, April 25, 2011

In a previous blog I talked about embroidery hoops and how to use them.

But, embroidery hoops can also be used as an integral part of a design or project!

Over at the All Things Thrifty Blog, Brooke has transformed ordinary embroidery hoops in varying sizes into a unique (and large) piece of modern art (shown at left) by combining the hoops with paint and plywood.

Toni from the Design Dazzle site went a step further by mounting colorful fabrics in the hoops and has suspended them from the ceiling (shown to the right).

This heads-up piece of art is sure to attract attention!

Heidi at the Budget Wise Home has created a fun wreath by gluing old-fashioned clothespins to a wooden embroidery hoop.

The wreath was then finished with wood stain and sealer and hung from a wide ribbon.

You could also paint the clothespins  to match your house color or decor and hang with a printed or polka-dot ribbon.

What a wonderful way to welcome guests to the front door.

And these awesome fabric-filled embroidery hoop organizers from Inspired by It combine both form and function to help store often-needed items close at hand.

I need a few of these organizers in my own workroom!

~Emma





 


HOOP-la!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Embroidery Hoops are an essential tool in any Cross stitch, embroidery, and punch needle enthusiast’s  tool bag.

This 2-part tool that allows your needlework fabric to be held securely between inner and outer hoop rings, allowing it to remain taut while stitching.

Hoops come in a wide range of sizes and colors, and are available in plastic, metal and bamboo.

For smaller projects, select a hoop that is slightly larger than the area to be embroidered. The fabric used should extend about 2 inches beyond the edges of the hoop in order to be held securely.

Round is the most common shape, but ovals are also available and are helpful when working an embroidered band.

Sizes for embroidery hoops range from 3-inches to 12-inches. Larger hoops are also available, but are better suited to hand quilting projects rather than embroidery.

If your project is larger, you can use a hoop that is smaller than the area to be embroidered, but the hoop will need to be moved from one spot to another as you work.

My favorite hoop for embroidery is a “no-slip” hoop lap stand that includes 5″ and 7″ or 7” and 9” hoops with a patented “tongue and groove” configuration. An example is shown above.

The stand elevates the project in hoop, allowing user to have both hands free to stitch. The hoops can be used as a lap stand by inserting the legs, or individually.

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How to use an embroidery hoop:

Loosen the screw or nut on the outer embroidery hoop and separate the inner and outer rings. The outer ring will hold the fabric over the inner ring once you have inserted the fabric.

Place the outer ring over the fabric and press until the bottom ring is snug inside the outer ring.  Tug the corners of the fabric slightly to make the fabric taunt – make sure this is as tight as possible so the fabric won’t slip out of the hoop.

Tighten the nut or screw securely. Your fabric is now in place and ready to embroider.

EMMA’S TOOL TIP: Never leave your work in the hoop for an extended period of time. This can cause creases in the fabric that are difficult to remove.

I like to take my work out of the hoop when I’m not working on it, as it only takes a moment to place it back in the hoop.





 


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