Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[ diy hoop art ]



I FIRST became smitten with embroidery hoop art on my visit to Purl SOHO in NYC back in 2010. When I walked through the door...


and saw this...


... I knew I would be creating my own little hoop wall somewhere {if you're planning a trip to NYC and you are a knitter or love to sew, it's a must-stop}.


I had an existing hoop art piece done by Lucky Jackson that I picked up at the Muskoka Arts & Crafts fair {read about it here} that I wanted to include in my grouping. I then purchased some embroidery hoops of various sizes.

First, choose the fabric {a great time to use up scrap pieces or buy some little quilting fat quarters for this}.

Cut them roughly to size and press out any wrinkles.


Although you can simply stretch the fabric on the hoop and trim, I decided to use some white glue to hold them in place and make trimming easier so they wouldn't shift around.


I found the best way to do this was to stretch the fabric over the hoop and press the top hoop over top to hold it, but don't press it down all the way. Then apply a line of glue on the back side between the inside hoop and the fabric. Push down top hoop completely and tighten.

Let them all dry.


Trim off the excess close to the hoop.



Done!

You can hang them each with a small nail or use some double-sided adhesive foam tape.


I love how cheerful they are and it makes me smile every time I walk into my studio.

It will be fun to continue to add to the grouping and perhaps create some embroidered pieces to mix in.

lisa


21 comments:

jessica said...

What a beautiful collection of art! Thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial!!

~*Jessica

flowers on my table said...

Lovely idea Lisa, they are like little bubbles of loveliness. You could change the colours to suit your mood or your decor.

Many thanks for the visit and encouraging comments. It will be interesting to see when you unwrap all your stored treasures, if they still 'float your boat' or will you have changed with all your travelling. Have a great day, love Linda x

Razmataz said...

I think those are great. What a pretty use of scraps.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Those are adorable! I don't have a wall where I could use them, but I think they'd make wonderful Christmas ornaments! Gotta file this one in my memory bank :)

Pinecone said...

You know I love them too!! I can't wait to check out Purl the next time we are in NYC.

You did a great job - perfect mix of fabrics. The Missoni-ish fabric is a wonderful contrast with the florals and dots.

Have a great day! xo Ashlyn

Meeling said...

Loving this Lisa!!

I have one blank wall left in my sewing room and this wold be perfect!!

Weekend project!!

SuZeFashion said...

Lovely! Adds so much cheer, great way to use up some of my fabric samples. I like the idea of adding some embroidery projects to the collection!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Gorgeous...love the colors and patterns! Where do you find the various size hoops? Have a wonderful day!

designchic said...

What a beautiful grouping and loved the tutorial!!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Ohhh another beauty! I love it! I think I might try this in the girls room...it might be the perfect finishing touch the room is waiting for! Thanks for inspiring as always!

Stacey said...

great tutorial and i'm inspired to give this a try! thanks for sharing! xx

Urbanstems said...

They have made me smile too. I must do this! Thanks for making it look so easy. Lets see?! Sinead x

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Lisa, I love the grouping you created. Very happy indeed!

Design is... All in the Detail said...

Very clever - I would never have imagined how chic this could be. Thank you so much for sharing... I am definitely bookmarking this for future reference!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I have wanted to do this for a while so thanks for doing such a great job so I know it can be cool and chic!

annie said...

What a beautiful collection of art these make. We love this little shop in Soho. I must do this in my daughters room.

Pinecone Camp said...

so pretty! I love Purl Soho too. I want to live in that tiny shop.

Morning T said...

These are fabulous and your image is magazine worthy- great job my friend!
xo~
T

SHERRY HART said...

This is such a great diy......I am doing a little girls room and I am inspired to try it!!

The Single Nester said...

I recently did this for my re-designed office and I can't wait to do more.

corner wardrobe said...

I think those are great. What a pretty use of scraps!

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