DIY: embroidery hoop: a stitch in time saves nine!

You are looking for some wall decoration that sticks to everyone’s mind? Ok. It’s a pun, yes. And not a very good one either. But the idea of using embroidery hoops to decorate a wall is good … not new … but good. And good is good enough for me to try it, for embroidery hoops are the perfect complement to picture frames, postcards, canvases and stuff.

I also made a special one for John Green’s famous book The Fault in our stars. If you have read the book already, you will know that „this is not a pipe“ :-D.

All you need are of course embroidery hoops in different sizes and to your liking, some leftover fabric, embroidery needles (with dull ends … very finger-friendly indeed 🙂 ), embroidery thread, quadrille paper, a pencil, pliers, some string or nails and a hammer to put it up later.

And this is how you stick it to … the hoop

First, you need a motive. I scribbled all my drafts on quadrille paper. For quadrille paper can be of great help if you want to stitch your fabric with a cross stitch (each square matches one cross stitch). But even if you use another stich like I did, for example the lockstich, stemstitch, backstitch or the splitstitch, making a draft is never a bad idea 🙂 I also found a website with a pretty good explanation of 10 run-of-the-mill stitches you should know.

If you are also interested in the fonts I used, you can google „soymilk“ and „moonflower“. I stumbled upon them via pinterest. But I am sure, you will hit paydirt. 🙂

Now, copy the whole draft with your pencil. Make sure that you use as little pressure as possible, to avoid thick lines (they might be visible afterwards!). If you want to, you can stretch the fabric already and use the embroidery hoop for more stability. See to it, that you tighten the screw with your pliers. Otherwise the fabric might slip or wrinkle up.

Aaaaand … we’re nearly done. There is nothing left to do but to stitch along your sketched lines until you’re finished. To hang up your hoop, you can use a piece of string or you can knock in a nail and attach the frame directly to it.

If you like to try it yourself  🙂 I’d really love to see some of your work … for variety is the spice of life 😉


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  1. Nikki @ Boba + Pearls sagt

    I’ve always wanted to do embroidery and this makes me want to do it some more! I need to find the tools and just try it one day.

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    • Thank you 🙂 If you like, you are welcome to share your own creation. I learned it by watching some youtubers do it. There are some really nice videos and webpages with helpful tutorials out there 🙂

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    • Thank you! I just checked your blog again and I will definitely read Find the good. It reminds me of my first encounter with John Green’s The Fault in our Stars. I read it during a train ride from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg … and I think that most passengers deemed me to be insane or something… I laughed so hard, I almost fell down from my seat. Only ten pages later … the first time Hazel tells about … well …. spoilers … 🙂 If you read it already you’ll know what I mean … I started crying. I fell in love with this book and I think … from what you’re telling about Find the good … I should add it to my reading list 🙂

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  2. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty sagt

    I love to do embroidery but my hands can’t take it much anymore. I love the more modern designs that are so popular now. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you! There are a lot of helpful websites on the internet as well as some youtubers who film themselves while doing it. I learned to knit with an Austrian woman called Elizza. Just google it. I think you will find some links or videos that will help you. I had no experience whatsoever and I just tried it 🙂 If you like, let me know if you tried it yourself.

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