These tiny hoops are actually little frames for stitched motifs. They can be made into brooches or pendants – what a perfect gift! The mini hoops also look great filled with a fussy-cut fabric motif, a piece of a map, stamp or decorative paper.
Create your own motif for stitching or use mine. Use an actual embroidery hoop to work your stitches – these minis are purely decorative.
By Judy Newman
A mini hoop kit
Pencil or marking pen
Six stranded embroidery thread or Perle 5 thread in colours of your choice
Brooch pin or chain for pendant (some kits include a brooch pin)
1. Draw around the back circle and mark your design in the centre of the circle.
2. Stitch using one strand of thread and following the diagram for stitches or choose your own. Wash or water spray to remove the transfer markings.
3. Trim approximately 7mm outside the circle then place the centre plate on the wrong side of the stitched piece. Insert it into the hoop, with the screw of the hoop at the top and tighten gently. Push centre plate into position. Run a line of glue around the centre plate and turn the excess fabric onto the glue – a toothpick or skewer is handy for this task. Add glue to the edge of the wrong side of the backing plate. Place it onto the back of the hoop, aligning the notch with the screw.
4. To make a brooch, glue a brooch pin onto the backing plate. To make a pendant, thread the hoop onto a chain.
Other ideas: Use your hoop to frame an embroidery, a favourite fabric, or insert a circle cut from a map or a stamp and you’ll have a unique wearable in no time.
Click here for my patterns.
Where to buy Mini Hoop kits?
These mini hoops were purchased from Studio Mio who exhibit at selected craft events.
Handy LINKS for stitching:
Here’s our sheet of stitch instructions, click this link.
DMC threads have a nice stitch guide with lots of tips.
Red Brolly has great stitch tutorials on their website here.
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