How-to…Frame Using an Embroidery Hoop

Framing your embroidery using an embroidery hoop is simple but effective way of displaying your work. Its so easy to accomplish too; in less than an hour you can frame your own work and here’s how.

You will need:

  • your finished piece, ironed
  • an embroidery hoop (in which the piece fits)
  • paint (if you wish to paint your hoop a different colour)
  • ribbon (to hang the hoop)
  • white felt
  • a pencil
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors

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First, if you are painting your hoop, paint your hoop and leave to dry.

Once dry, use the inner circle of the embroidery hoop as a template. Place on the white felt and draw around it twice to make two felt circles. Cut out.

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Centre your work in the middle of the embroidery and screw tightly in place.

Next, trim your finished piece down to size making sure you leave enough material so that it can be stuck to the back of the piece.

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Place one of the white felt circles onto the back of the finished piece.

Cut a small (1 inch) piece of double-sided tape and stick at the top of the white felt. Peel off the top layer and pull down the material and stick in place. Do this around the whole white felt circle so that the material is stretched tight and stuck down. (As you can see from the picture below I actually did not follow my own how-to; I forgot to place the first circle of white felt on top of my stitching to attach my material to! In the end the piece looked fine but I would advise against doing this.)

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Take the second piece of white felt and stick small pieces of double-sided tape around the edge. Peel of the top layer and stick over the work you have just done to cover the messy edges.

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The messy edges.

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The messy edges hidden by felt.

Cut a piece of ribbon to your desired length and thread through the top hole. Tie a knot to secure.

You should now have your finished work framed in an embroidery hoop!

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