Alright friends, this has been a long time coming. After weeks of stitching, I finally finished these hoops, arranged them, stuck them on my wall, aaaand continued to admire them in my living room for the next three weeks before I finally posted them on here for your enjoyment. So here’s my apology for my tardiness, but also, I’m kind of not sorry because life’s a beast and gets crazy for everyone, so I’m gonna cut myself some slack and move on with this post.

I have a large blank wall above my TV in our living room, and living in an apartment with plaster walls, hanging anything over three pounds is a nightmare for us and our landlords. So, what could I put on this wall that would tie the room together, give the space some texture and color, AND weigh less than a piece of paper? (Not literally… but pretty much.) I’ve seen clusters of plates on a wall that I absolutely adore, but I definitely wouldn’t trust hanging beautiful china on plaster. So I went for the next best thing: Embroidery hoops.

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A perfect solution! They are lightweight, extremely customizable, incredibly affordable, and I could easily hang them on little clear command hooks! Plus, embroidery has my heart, so it’s a win all around.

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I’ve been embroidering all my life, but I hadn’t started what is called “needle painting” until this year and I LOVE it. Needle painting is like any art, there are many ways to get from A to Z, and several people could give you a wide variety of technical definitions, but my simple definition is it’s basically embroidery on steroids. You learn the basic stitches, and combine them in countless ways to “paint” any picture you like on the fabric of your choice. It’s an unconventional approach to traditional needle work, and one of my absolute favorite mediums to work with.

What you’ll need:

  1. A bunch of embroidery hoops. I did an even number of hoops, but I suggest doing an odd number, and getting a variety of sizes. An odd number often makes for better clusters.
  2. Embroidery floss. Any kind and color you want. Go ham.
  3. Fabric. I bought mine at HL on a 30% off all fabric sale, and total spent less than $10 on all my fabric.
  4. Antiquing gel and a foam brush.
  5. These are the little command hooks I used. My wall is very textured so that can make it difficult, but if your walls are fairly smooth this should work great for you.
  6. Felt. As many sheets as will fit for each hoop (it’ll be glued to the back of each hoop)
  7. Templates. Whether you design your own, or free hand it, or use coloring pages, you’ll likely want a template to trace onto your fabric as your guide when you thread.
  8. Hot glue

*Step 1: Separate your hoops and put them into piles. Take the antiquing gel and brush and begin to brush it on the bare wood of your hoops. You’ll want to cover all sides for a seamless look, but if you’re lazy like me, you only have to paint the sides that will be showing. (The outside of the outer hoop)
*If you like the look of the bare wood, this step is optional. Like I said before, highly customizable. You can paint it, stain it, washi tape it. Literally whatever you want.

Step 2: While you’re waiting for the hoops to dry, it’s time to get your fabric ready. Likely, you don’t have a light table, so the next best thing is a nearby window. Tape your printed template to the window, and tape your fabric over it, positioning it just the way you want. All you have to do now is trace with a pencil! Super easy. If your fabric is dark, don’t worry, this method should still work for you. Just use a white pencil or like unto it to trace.

Step 3: Put your fabric into your hoops and stitch away!

Step 4: When you’re ready to finish it off so you can hang it right in the hoop, I have a post I made a while back that will teach you how to do all that.

Step 5: After you finish it, trace your hoop onto the felt, cut out the circle, and glue it on with hot glue. You can also stitch it on, but I find gluing it to be much easier and quicker.

My favorite place to get embroidery floss, of course, is Hobby Lobby. They have the best and widest selection of thread I’ve personally seen. For only $0.56 a skein, you really cannot find this large of a project with a smaller price tag.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. Every hoop is symbolic to us and our house, so not only does it add personality, but it adds a lot of meaning as well. I hope you liked this tutorial! If you try this with your own home, I’d love to see what you come up with! À bientôt!

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