I have seen a lot of neat ideas for wall art that use embroidery hoops lately, and I’ve been wanting to utilize a few I had bought at a garage sale a few years ago, but I couldn’t decide what to do with them. I tried putting some cute fabric scraps in them for the kids’ room, but it was sort of boring. So they’ve been sitting empty and forlorn under the kids’ bed while I lamented my bare walls. I decided the other day I need to get moving and figure out what I want to put on said bare walls, so I walked over to the antique shop around the corner from our house. I ended up finding a couple cute things for the kids’ room, plus I found a huge stash of vintage doilies/table runners. I chose a couple that I loved and went straight home to put them in my hoops.
The doilies (I’m not actually sure that that’s what these are called, but it’s what I’m going with) were odd shapes, so I just made sure they were big enough to cover the center of the hoop. I put them in the hoop, tightened the hoop so that it was snug around the fabric, and then pulled the fabric on the back side so it was nice and tight. I then trimmed the excess fabric that hung over the back so that it was nice and tidy, only leaving about 1/8″ worth behind.
I hot glued the excess fabric to the back. I thought this would hold it in place nicely. It also ended up helping the hoops to lie flat against the wall, and it made the back look nice and tidy as well.
And that’s it! I know a tutorial isn’t really necessary for this, but I loved it so much I had to share. I still need a few things to hang with these pieces of art, but it’s a start on the road to making our house feel homey and to put things on our walls. The hoops cost me 25 cents each at a garage sale and the doilies were $2 each, so the total cost for all three hoops was $6.75, which I am very pleased with.