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Framing the embroidery in a hoop

After you spend hours embroidering, you need to show the fruit of your hard work to the world!

One of the most straightforward ways to frame your embroidered piece and transform it into a piece of art in a frame is framing it in a hoop.

After you finish embroidering, wash, air dry, and iron the embroidery. Washing will remove any dust, stains from the hands, and tracing marks. The water-soluble pen marks will dissolve in water, and the heat will erase friction pen marks.

Now, frame it.

Materials for framing in a hoop, embroidery, scissors, cotton thread, hoop
For this project, you will need:
  • Scissors
  • Some pearl cotton or other durable thread
  • Needle, big enough to accommodate a thread you chose
  • Felt of your selected color to finish the back of the hoop
  • Some pins
  1. Separate the pieces of the embroidery hoop. Use the inner circle as a template.
  2. Trace around the hoop onto the felt material.
  3. Cut out the felt circle. Set it aside for a later step.
  4. Place your washed and ironed embroidery securely in the hoop. Stretch the fabric in the hoop until it is taut and smooth. Watch out not to deform the embroidery as you stretch the fabric. Tighten the screw as much as you can so the material does not lose the tension. 
  5. Cut the excess fabric leaving at least 2,5 cm (1 inch). Be sure to plan for this when you choose your hoop size and cut your embroidery fabric in the beginning. 
Red flower embroidery in a hoop, framing process
Framing the embroidery in a hoop, running stitch

6. Thread a needle with thread long enough to go all the way around the circle. Leave the loose end of 4-5 cm (1,5-2 inches) in the end. Sew around the edge of the excess fabric. Use large running stitches. The stitches should be about 1 cm (0,4 inches) away from the fabric edge.

7. When you stitch all way round, pull the thread to gather the edges in toward the center. Take a back stitch or two to secure the gathering, then tie a large knot close to the fabric. 

Red flower embroidery framing in a hoop
Backing the hoop with felt

8. Take the circle of the felt fabric that you’ve set aside earlier. If you want to label the back of your work, do it now. Embroider or write your name, the date or a special message on the backing material. Also, you can write or stitch onto twill tape and stitch that onto the felt. I’ve stamped my logo on a piece of linen and sew it on the felt.

9. Position the felt circle on the back of the embroidery and secure it with pins. Pins will help you to have equal tension and will keep the felt in place while you stitch.

10. Stitch around the edges. Make large opened herringbone stitches. These will help secure the felt and will keep the tension.

11. Continue around the hoop and secure the end with a hidden knot.

Backing the hoop with felt and herringbone stitch
What’s next?

If you prefer to watch video tutorials instead of reading, you can find one on my YouTube channel HERE or on the page of Video tutorials of my blog.

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Congrats! You finished your embroidery hoop art!

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Framing the embroidery in a hoop