I’ve been asked a few times how I finish my embroidery hoop designs. I went through a few iterations before I landed on the method that I use all the time. In this post, I share my method complete with pictures! For this tutorial, we will use the Mason Jar Hoop. Let’s get started!
This is what I am starting out with. I stitch my designs this way, with the fabric on the inside of the hoop. I was asked why, and if there were any pros. Here’s the one “pro” that means the world. I can easily transfer designs this way! I snap the fabric into the hoop, and place the taut fabric down on the light box. I don’t have to struggle with tugging and pulling the fabric to keep it put. Try it!
1. Cut a piece of muslin fabric for your finished embroidery hoop. I use a different fabric to stitch on with a different texture and weight. One heavy enough to be able to have a bit of a mess on the back without it showing through to the front of the embroidered hoop. I no longer worry about multiple scattered french knots! I don’t have to stitch them individually with heavier fabric!
2. Remove your finished embroidery piece, and place it on top of the plain piece of muslin you just cut. Hoop them. See that cross in pencil, there? That’s a marker for the center of the finished embroidery hoop. This is where you can put your branded label (should you have one!).
4. Peel the inner, muslin fabric, and cut super close to the edge where the fabric meets the wood.
5. Cut the outer, stitched fabric about a half inch away from the embroidery hoop. I find that I have to use my smaller embroidery scissors to get super close, after I’ve used my fabric scissors to cut around once.
The fabric left behind on the embroidery hoop will be glued down to the wood hoop. Pictured below, it’s too long. To get it exactly right, just fold the fabric over the hoop to see how much excess you have. You can use your embroidery scissors to trim as needed.
6. Using tacky glue, yes, glue – add it to the edge of the embroidery hoop and stick the half inch of plain muslin to the stitched fabric, down onto the wood (over that super close cut one). I use Elmer’s Craft Bond.
8. Keep going and pressing to set the fabric all the way around your embroidery hoop (per your glue bottle instructions).
Now you have a hoop back that’s pretty and doesn’t show through your work on the front (stitched) side. Be sure to check and make sure you don’t have excess fabric as it may show through, and doesn’t look neat. Simply use your embroidery scissors to trim!
9. Let the glued fabric dry on to your embroidery hoop, per the glue bottle instructions and you’re done!
You could get creative and add different, pattered fabric to the backside of your embroidery hoops. I use white on white. I never want to take the chance that anything shows through!
I have tried a few other methods like the blanket stitch method using patterned felt, and the drawstring method, but settled on this one because I think it’s simple, clean and elegant!
I would love to hear your thoughts! How do you finish your beautiful hand embroidered hoops? Let me know in the comments!
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