Last week I had this crazy idea. A fresh load of shiny new fabric arrived on my front door and I guess the patchwork virus got me. Patchwork is not my strong suit. I ALWAYS manage to confuse something and end up cutting seams that should not hold together the pieces I just attached to one another. But - just take a moment and imagine a quilt or patchwork thing you have, shrink it in size and put it in a mini hoop - just for a moment - isn't it adorable? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Also, tiny things always look good even if you screw up something (which I did - it's me and patchwork, but we did fine this time, I did not scream ... as loud). So the idea of a patchwork mini hoop was born!
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The embroidery mini hoop - my new obsessionCan 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 de-stashing 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.
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We have a WINNER!Today ends the huge embroidery hoop giveaway and the #embhooptalk Thank you all for participating and involving so much this week. It's amazing how much you support each other in the comments! You are the reason I'm doing all of my tutorials articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner Thank you all for participating and involving so much this week. It's amazing how much you support each other in the comments! You are the reason I'm doing all of my tutorials articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner The Winner......
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......
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.
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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......
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 youThis 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.
ConstructionWooden hoops are made from......
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......
Embroidery hoops in any form recently are THE tool for everything according to my Pinterest feed and many websites I frequently visit. Usage covers framing, towel holders, bag closures and whatnot. It's great to see this versatile thing which impersonated the oldfashioned housewife somehow for a long while receiving modern attention. There are some examples below in this post!
All the embroidery hoops I have are either vintage GDR hoops or those I bought at a local store. All of these hoops are of very good quality and mostly manufactured in Germany. When sadly my local store shut down last month I was looking for a new source and looked over at ebay. I never would have thought that there would be THIS badly made embroidery hoops out there, because I never saw some in my life. Now I did.
I bought a bunch......
Don't you know where to put your stacks of embroidery hoops without them looking messy? I have a lot of different shapes and colors and used to simply hang them on a nail in the wall tangled together with a lanyard. With every new addition to the hoop family I hoped it will hold the weight and not fall down.
It was when I tried to put my hoop collection in place when I thought, there are knitter's bags, why not make one for embroidery hoops? So the first shape coming to my mind was obviously a circle. I mean when do you possibly have the chance to make a round bag for a practical purpose, right? A circle is also very easy to sew and there is nothing more to it than 3 strips,......