Category: embroidery

The Embroidery Hoop Talk: Extraordinary Hoops and where to find them

One question I get asked regularly is this:

Where can I shop hoop x or hoop y? There seems to be no one selling them!
I buy my tools and materials over here in Online Shops from Germany and never had a problem not finding anything I needed. Back when I had the DMC hoops in my Etsy Shop I was very surprised to send them all over the world. I always thought at least the wooden hoops would be all over the place. The truth is, quality hoops are not omnipresent in every country or part of a country. Living in a rural setting now myself, it is a major preplanned operation to go shopping in the "big town" (ok that big town is either our former home town or Berlin, which arguably is THE big town here in Germany and I can get almost everything there). I also......

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Hang hoops without a nail

When we moved into our current appartement one thing caught my eye: huge - white - walls. Our previous appartement 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 crammed easily. So these new white walls not only took me weeks to paint, but also opened a new world to 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 it's head (yes, not the finger) and......

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How to finish embroidery in a hoop

So you have spent hours and hours on your precious embroidery piece. You have seen hundreds of pictures on Instagram or Pinterest of pretty hoop wall art. Now you want to hang your embroidery on the wall and - wait a minute!

How am I supposed to tack the fabric in the back so nothing peeks out behind the hoop????! No matter how often I try to tuck it in, at some point it plopps out!!!
Slow down and breathe. I have got you covered. There are a couple of different techniques out there and things are different for different hoops, too. Here are two methods for round or oval hoops I have used before which are simple to do.To be honest, I just made up that name. If you know the real name of this method, please tell :D This method works great if you don't want to do......

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The Who is Who of embroidery Hoops

Let's kick off this new series with an inventory of the different kinds of embroidery hoops out there. When I first started embroidering little did I know about the many options! In my mind wooden embroidery hoops were the only ones existing because that was literally the case. I had never seen another form of embroidery hoop before. Of course I soon found out there were more than one way to get my embroidery in the right tension, but upon researching for this article I was astonished HOW many different kinds of hoops there are.

Let's take a look at the ones I picked out for you

This is the most common embroidery hoop. It's easy to find at craft supply shops and vintage, too. There is a good chance your family owns one somewhere in the attic or a hidden sewing box.


Wooden hoops are made from......

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the embroidery hoop talk

Exciting news my dear fellow embroidery enthusiast: The next week is all about embroidery hoops! How to use them, what hoops there are, how to finish off in a hoop, where you can buy good quality ones and most exciting of all: a giveaway of 8 wonderful Pumora-approved embroidery hoops! But I'm getting ahead of myself, slow down Anne, have I said how excited I am?The Embroidery Hoop Talk is a series of articles all around embroidery hoops. It has started 2014 with the first articles about how to find a good quality hoop and how to find the perfect size of hoop for you. Between Monday and Friday next week the series continues! Jam packed with lots of information around our beloved embroidery hoops. Let's tackle the pro and cons of different embroidery hoops, how to finish off in a hoop, how to hang......

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embroidery stitch lexicon round 17

Let's welcome a new set of stitches into the stitch lexicon! But first, I want to thank you again for your great participation on the embroidery survey! Your feedback and insights are a huge help to make the right kind of tutorials to help you with your struggles in embroidery. If you have not participated, it is still up! It's 7 multiple choice questions short and done quickly. I would appreciate it very much :) So on to the stitches, shall we?

These stitches made it into this round:

embroidery stitch lexicon round 17  ...

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How to become an embroidery designer - the art of failing

Whenever I tell someone I'm an embroidery designer and teacher, the reactions are quite mixed. Most of the time I get a "Wow, that sounds interesting!" or a frowny face trying to hide the strong opinion, that this can't be a "real job" followed by a "Hm.". Oftentimes the next question is: "How do you become that?" (the other option is: "and you can live from that?" I won't dive deeper in this kind of stuff today :D ).

So how do you become an embroidery designer/teacher?

There are very little official paths and I took none of them. The places where you can learn hand embroidery as a profession as a major are very rare in the western world. My personal embroidery designer story started with studying Clothing Technologies in Berlin and I failed big time. What? Yes, I failed and got kicked out. Writing this down - I failed- is making......

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embroidery survey

What's this embroidery survey thing?

Hello fellow embroidery enthusiast. I have been thinking about how to improve the learning experience here on Pumora for the last weeks. If you work alone from home it's getting isolated and your mind starts spinning around certain topics, that mostly no one other than you really care about. Instead of letting my head explode I thought: Hey I could actually ask you! Yes you! My dear reader and fellow embroiderer. To improve Pumora I need your help - your insights - your struggles - your needs. Below is a short embroidery survey and it would help me greatly if you could take the time and fill it out:   ...

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stitch lexicon round 16

Spring Stitches

Is it Saturday already? Time passed by so fast during the last 2 weeks! There is so much happening around here and spring makes the trees slowly greenish again. The other day my son and I drove through our lane and I said to him I could even imagine how the trees were looking like in summer. We are so used to the barren silhouettes! A couple of days later there are leaves and plum blossoms everywhere and my garden shoots up the first spring onions as a messenger for the wonderful things to come.

This week on Instagram I talked about embroidery hoops and what different kinds there are - metal, wood, plastic, square, oval, round - you name it! There are some good tipps in the comments, so make sure to read them (and comment!), too. I also talked about bad......

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