Embroidery hoops make the perfect canvas space. They come in so many sizes from itty-bitty to quite large, allowing for the perfect space to make an adorable ornament, stitched work of art, or even garden ornament. This week I want to share a round-up of some of my favorite inspiring embroidery hoop projects from around the internet to get you inspired.
1. DIY Heirloom Christmas Ornament – Coral and Co. for Diary of a Quilter
This little Christmas ornament from Shelly of Coral and Co. uses a small 4in embroidery hoop and just a few snips of fabric to make a traditional Ohio Star Block. Shelly uses fusible interfacing to adhere the star to the backing fabric, but if you don’t have that on hand, I’d say you could probably get away with a strong craft glue such as Aleene’s Quick Dry. Don’t have tons of Christmas fabric scraps laying around? Maybe take a cut from an old plaid shirt and re-purpose it into a series of these adorable ornaments! The Ohio Star Block ornaments would be absolutely precious covering a Scandi-inspired tree with other traditional and minimal decorations in red and white.
2. Embroidery Hoop Floral Wreath
Embroidery hoops make an excellent modern clean lined wreath form for a dried or fabric floral arrangement. Above is an example from my friend, Jen Zakis, who makes the most delicate examples. Her work can be purchased by custom request, find her @jenzakis on Instagram, or through the Perry County Council of the Arts Gallery in Newport, Pennsylvania. For a tutorial on how to make your own, check out this short Youtube video from Michael’s Crafts.
3. Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins – Dukes and Dutchesses
Not into a traditional pumpkin display, but still want to hand some seasonal touches to your home decor this autumn? How about this fun twist on the popular gourd from Dukes and Dutchesses? Randi cleverly uses cast-off embroidery hoops to make these open and airy pumpkins perfect for display.
4. Soft Canvas Embroidery Hoop Photo Display – La Rue de Fleurs
Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my own take on the use of embroidery hoops! I love using the hoops as a soft canvas with a variety of my favorite fabric scraps combined into a beautiful little patchwork. To make the soft canvas not only a beautiful, but useful item for the home, office, or even school locker, I added a little band across the piece in which you could tuck some memorabilia, notes and or photographs for display. You can find them for sale during the Perry County Council of the Arts Artisan Market from October 18, 2019 through January 2020, or in my Etsy Shop.
5. Dandelyne Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklace
This embroidery hoop necklace would be such a precious handmade gift for any of your handmade and craft appreciative friends. Spend as little or much time as you desire on the embroidery; personalize the hoop with their initial or keep it simple with some graphic stitches. Here is a great resource to get you inspired with embroidery stitches. Either way, the mini embroidery hoop as wearable art is an adorable way to infuse a wardrobe with some handmade accessories.
6. Bonus! Embroidery Hoop Obelisk
I love gardening too! Garden Answer Laura is a favorite instructor of mine to watch on YouTube with nearly daily videos on a variety of garden projects. She made these embroidery hoop obelisks for her garden and I had to include them here! I am thinking of making these for my holiday on my new patio this year!
I hope you enjoyed the list of some of my favorite embroidery hoop projects to make for the upcoming holidays and beyond. To see more of my design inspirations, follow along with my Pinterest account. Do you have a few favorite hoop projects or inspirations you would like to share? Comment and share with the group! I am always on the look out for more great sources of inspiration to feed the design fire! xoxo, Janice
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