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Embroidery Frame Fabric Art




Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art




Using embroidery hoops as frames is a fantastic way to display beautiful or favourite fabrics, you can leave the frame natural (which makes it easier if you fancy changing the fabric from time to time) or you can paint the frame to compliment or contrast with the fabric to make a personal & unique piece of art.



They can be made individually (like the one below) or they can be displayed as a group (examples are at the bottom of the page, odd numbers work best). I've used masking tape to hold the fabric in place but if you are making it as a gift or want it to be fixed permanently then just carefully stick the fabric to the back of the frame with fabric glue.



You will need:



Embroidery Hoop Frame

Acrylic paints & brushes
(if you are painting the hoop)

Newspaper (to protect surface)

Fabric, about 2" larger than
the frame (ironed)

Fabric scissors

Masking tape or fabric glue
(to stick fabric to frame permanently)

Optional - ribbon (to add a bow)


Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art




What to do



1. If you don't want to paint the embroidery hoop go straight to step 4, if you are painting the hoop then protect your work surface with newspaper.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



2. Loosen the hoops and separate them, put the inner hoop to one side for later. Add 3 cm seam allowance. This is the length of fabric.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



3. Paint the outer hoop in a colour to co-ordinate/contrast with your chosen fabric and leave to dry. Apply a second coat of paint if needed and leave to dry.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



4. Once the outer hoop is dry place the inner embroidery hoop on the table in front of you.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



5. Lay the fabric right side up on top of the hoop.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



6. Push the outer hoop into place sandwiching the fabric between the frames (making sure the fabric is pulled tight but not distorted). Tighten the frame.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



7. Leaving about 1 - 2cm, carefully trim the fabric.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



8. Hold the fabric in place at the back with masking tape.

**TOP TIP - If you are making this as a gift, or want to make the chosen fabric a permanent feature then instead of using masking tape to hold the fabric in place, trim the fabric a little more and adhere it to the back of the frame with fabric glue, being very careful not to get any glue on the main fabric part. - TOP TIP**

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



9. Optional - Tie on a ribbon bow or hanging loop to the tightening screw.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



10. Hang up and enjoy your 'embroidery frame fabric art'.

Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art



Things to make and do - Embroidery Frame Fabric Art





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