The Embroidery Hoop Talk: Hanging your embroidery frame without nails

Hang hoops without a nail

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When we moved into our current apartment one thing caught my eye: huge – white – walls. Our previous apartment was half the height (maybe I exaggerate a little bit) and wall space was reserved for storage almost completely. The rare spots where I could hang some art it would look too cramped easily.

So these new white walls not only took me weeks to paint but also opened a new world for me. The world of displaying art – and how difficult it is to fill up those huge walls with your teeny tiny pieces of art from the previous home, but that’s a story for another day.

After hours of Pinterest research how to arrange frames in a beautiful layout, I was ready to hammer in my first nail and get started. Got the hammer, got the nail box, hit the nail on its head (yes, not the finger) and … the nail bent and did not even move further than the wallpaper.

UMPF. Ok, Anne – I said maybe to myself, but most probably a little bit angry and louder – let’s try again at another spot. Same game here. I tried a couple of other spots and even other walls. No success. Without a drill, there would be no way to get things hung on these walls. And there was no way I would drill a hole for every tiny piece of art and leave a huge mess on the walls when putting the art down.

So maybe you can relate to my dilemma. Maybe your walls are equally stubborn, maybe you rent a place where it’s simply not allowed to make any holes in the walls. Maybe you don’t like using a hammer and simply want another way of displaying your embroidery. If so – this is for you.

Use your shelves

Before we go into the art of nail-lessness let’s look at a simple way to display your embroidery art: putting it on a shelve or other kinds of furniture. Whereever you can put a picture frame, you can put an embroidery hoop! So instead of twisting your brains on how to get things on the wall, put it ON your existing furniture and enjoy your freetime.

I know this is not actually hanging on the wall. But sometimes the easy way is the best.

Hang hoops without a nail


For this method, wrap a piece of ribbon or string around your embroidery hoop’s closure and tape it on the wall. I have used regular transparent tape first and put a layer of patterned masking tape over it then.

I don’t trust the shiny pretty masking tapes to be very strong, so I went with a good quality tape underneath. I have put it on yesterday and it is still hanging in there.

Pro & Cons

This method is a quick solution to get things on your wall and remove them easily. If you like to switch up things regularly this method is great!

The downside is, if you don’t like the appearance of this and rather have the hoop showing without the tape or a string, this will probably not be your piece of cake. Also the tape doesn’t hold heavier/bigger hoops well.

Hang hoops without a nail


There are hooks for towels to attach on walls with double sided tape on the back. They come in various sizes and types. Choose your spot and put them on the wall. Then hang your hoop at the closure or choose a pretty ribbon to hang it on the hook.

Pro & Cons

Some hooks don’t hold well on walls other than tiles. You can exchange the tape in the back with your own double sided tape and see if it works better.

Adhesive Tape with velcro band

This works great for frames where you have a certain amount of smooth surface against the wall. Get picture hanging tapes with velcro, postion one or two on the back of your frame and push it against the wall where you want it to be.

Now you can put your frame up and down again, without pulling off the whole construction. Here is a step by step post by Jessica from Pretty Providence with the exact tape she used.

A word of caution: adhesive tapes can rip off your wall color or wallpaper. So if you choose to use them, make sure it will be a long term solution for you. Switching up the spots regularaly may not be the best idea.

Picture Rail

I have not done this, but it looks really elegant and classy. Megan from Megan Pflug Designs shows different Picture Rails on her Blog. Go take a look, they are so beautiful and easy to make.

This only works if you have some sort of molding on the wall. It also works if you put up a string of wire, the kind you use for hanging curtains, and hang your frames from there.

Hang hoops without a nail

What do you use to hang your embroidery?

You see there are a couple of possibilities to work around the nail or hole in your walls. If you did not find a solution for you, search for how to hang picture frames without nails. Embroidery art and pictures in frames share similarities and there is much more info in the field of hanging frames than hoops. Maybe you’ll get your perfect solution there!

If you have found a clever way to hang your hoop that I did not share here, please tell below in the comments and so all readers can benefit from it!

Tomorrow: Extraordinary hoops and where to find them

This is a question I get asked a lot:

Where do I get hoop x or hoop z? I can’t find them over here in country y!

Tomorrow is all about how to get your hands on your favorite hoops for different regions of the world. If you have a great source of hoops, send me a message or comment here. It will be much appreciated!

This article is part of the Embroidery Hoop Talk. Go over here to see the complete list of posts in this series.

Also if you have not yet gotten into the huge hoop giveaway, hop over to Instagram to win a selection of 8 beautiful hoops until Friday May 12th 2017.

Hang hoops without a nail


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