embroidery mini hoop review

For the miniature embroidery month, I have used a couple of different mini hoops to display the new patterns every day. Basically, it's a selection of three different systems and all of them have their pros and cons. Today, I want to share my thoughts about them with you. Disclaimer: The mini hoops from Dandelyne and artbase were sent to me for free. This, however, did not happen to bribe me into a good review. I do not write anything that I don't mean exactly how I write it.

1// The Dandelyne mini hoop review

The mini hoops by Sonia from Dandelyne are laser cut wooden mini hoops. They come with a screw just like the large embroidery hoops. Depending on which pack you choose there is also a lot of hardware included like a ring, necklace or brooch pins. Also included is a little......

Continue Reading


embroidery mini hoops you need to check out!

The embroidery mini hoop - my new obsession

Can you guess I'm into miniature embroidery right now? It's so fast to do, you don't need a lot of materials and you can even do some destashing of the tiny pieces of fabric that are too precious to throw away but too tiny to do anything with it. So, I did a little research and almost fell off my chair when I saw how many different embroidery mini hoop variations there are! Who would have known?! From the modern laser cut to the handcrafted hoop, there are so many options out there to make your own embroidery piece shine even more. Below you'll find a list of Etsy shops with the most gorgeous mini hoops ever. I don't get any money from showing this to you, I just love discovering shiny new things and sharing it with you.

DISCLAIMER: If you don't......

Continue Reading


mini embroidery hoop pattern: I love dogs

Along comes the third Sunday Freebie. You can get the PDF version of this free embroidery pattern and many more mini hoop designs over at the shop.

The I Love Dogs Pattern

First, get your tools and materials and print out the template. Click here to get the template for printing. This design is a beginner pattern and it takes about 2 hours from start to finish including the finishing of the hoop as a pendant.

Tools & Materials

Finished measurements

• large round: 4,75cm/1.9inch • medium round: 3,25cm/1.3inch • small round: 2cm/0.78inch • large oval: 5,75x2,75cm/2.3x1.1inch

Materials

• thread: 6 stranded embroidery thread in the colorway brown (434 DMC), pink (3712 DMC) • fabric: Kona cotton solids by Kaufman in the colorway ‘orchid’; 10x10cm/4x4inch

Tools

• embroidery hoop for embroidering the pattern. If you cut the fabric later, you can use a regular 6-inch hoop. • embroidery needle • scissors • for finishing: craft glue, a mini hoop of your choice (here is a list of mini......

Continue Reading


the no sew mini hoop

Who says mini hoops are only meant for embroidery? It's your hoop, you can do with it what you want! Maybe you have some cute fabric laying around that is too cute to use it? Yes, I'm totally guilty of buying fabrics with cute patterns that I never dare to use for projects. Usually, these pieces of fabric are too small for anything either, because who needs 2m of woodland animals staring in your face? Ok, maybe I need that, but no, I wouldn't make a skirt out of it. Most likely. Maybe I would. Here is the solution for the sacred fabrics that are too good to be used. Display them as a piece of art and whoosh you will want to use it right away!

Using fabric for your mini hoop is great if

  • you have a special pile of collected sacred fabrics never to be touched
  • you have saved lots......

    Continue Reading


How to make a water melon embroidery necklace

r I know I know, summer is at its end now. Can we just pretend it's still in full swing and eat some melons? Thank you!

How to make the water melon embroidery

You can whip up this melon pattern super fast. Basically, you embroider three times in the round and add some sprinkly stitches in the middle. Too short an explanation? Here is the long form tutorial:   diy tutorial melonen mini hoop Anhänger

Materials

  • 1 mini hoop size 4cm/1.6inch. The size is not as important. You can scale it to a smaller or bigger dimension easily because there is no template to transfer. The mini hoop I'm using here is by Dandelyne. You can use any one you like of course. Here is a list of awesome mini hoop shops.
  • if not contained in your mini hoop set: 1 necklace or piece of string
  • ......

    Continue Reading


The greenery collection of mini hoops

As promised, this is the second Sunday Freebie. You can get the PDF version of this free embroidery pattern and many more mini hoop designs over at the shop.

The Autumn Leaves Pattern

First, get your tools and materials and print out the template. Click here to get the template for printing. This design is a beginner pattern and it takes about 1-2 hours from start to finish including the finishing of the hoop as a pendant.

Tools & Materials

Finished measurements

• large round: 4,75cm/1.9inch • medium round: 3,25cm/1.3inch • small round: 2cm/0.78inch

Materials

• thread: 6 stranded embroidery thread in the colorway yellow (742 DMC), orange (947 DMC), red (608 DMC ) • fabric: Kona cotton solids by Kaufman in the colorway ‘peapod’; 10x10cm/4x4inch

Tools

• embroidery hoop for embroidering the pattern. If you cut the fabric later, you can use a regular 6-inch hoop. • embroidery needle • scissors • for finishing: craft glue, a mini hoop of your choice (here is a list of......

Continue Reading


More ways to finish miniature embroidery for jewelry

Ok. We learned how to finish a mini hoop and a bezel this week. Yet, there still are other possible ways to make jewelry out of your embroidery. I don't have all the supplies to cover all the things. That's why I put on my Sherlock hat in search for awesome embroidery people who like to show us how to do it!

The pendant frame

The great Wendi Gratz from Shiny happy world has these cute metal frame pendants in her shop. She made a video to show you how to assemble them here. And here is the video to another type of pendant. https://youtu.be/JKoxMv2pS1o

The framed pin

Here is a video by ChezLin to use similar frames to make embroidered pins. https://youtu.be/eisPbTTGV2g  

Tips & tricks

Svetlana from the Etsy Shop Eria Teufel is making amazing miniature embroidery jewelry. She also shares her secret sauce about how to get the embroidery......

Continue Reading


how to finish miniature embroidery pendants (in a bezel)

On Monday, I showed you how to finish embroidery in a mini hoop. Today, let's go into the steps of how to finish an embroidered pendant with bezels. Bezels are for jewelry what fabric is for embroidery. It's the foundation of many great pieces and you can use them for embroidered things, too! To set something into a bezel it usually has to be glued in or it will fall out. Unlike a mini hoop, bezels don't hold the inlay by pressure, it has to be attached to the bezel on the inside. Since this is a different approach to a normal mini hoop, I decided to make a seperate tutorial for bezels.

Which pendants is this tutorial for?

The bezels I use here are by artbase, a small business owned by Marco and Betty based in Florida. They offer a HUGE variety of hand crafted wooden bezels (and......

Continue Reading


how to finish mini hoops

Assembling a piece of embroidery in a mini hoop is much more simple than you might think. You can use the method shown here for all mini hoops that consist of an outer ring and an inner plate. Later this week, I will show you what to do if you have something with a closed back like a bezel for medallions, brooches or even pins. For now, let's talk about the famous mini hoops.

What kind of mini hoops is this for?

I'm using a hoop by Dandelyne. Sonia, who is the maker of these mini hoops based in Australia, was kind enough to send me some to test and see how they are. No worries if you don't have this exact same hoop. The process is the same for all mini hoops with this construction. Click for a list of shops which carry mini embroidery hoops (watch......

Continue Reading


free miniature embroidery pattern: the ocean sunset

As promised, this is the first ever Sunday Freebie. You can get the PDF version of this free embroidery pattern and many more tropical themed mini hoop designs over at the shop.

The Ocean Sunset Pattern

First, get your tools and materials and print out the template. Click here to get the template for printing. This design is a beginner pattern and it takes about 1 hour from start to finish including the finishing of the hoop as a pendant.

Tools & Materials

Finished measurements

• large round: 4,75cm/1.9inch • medium round: 3,25cm/1.3inch • small round: 2cm/0.78inch

Materials

• thread: 6 stranded embroidery thread in the colorway yellow (741 DMC), teal (3812 DMC) • fabric: Kona cotton solids by Kaufman in the colorway ‘pool’; 10x10cm/4x4inch

Tools

• embroidery hoop for embroidering the pattern. If you cut the fabric later, you can use a regular 6-inch hoop. • embroidery needle • scissors • for finishing: craft glue, a mini hoop of your choice (here is a list of......

Continue Reading


Page 1 of 3812345...102030...Last »