Hoop hoop hurray for these fabric-inspired frames from issue 149 designed by Zoë Patching!
Hoop art is everywhere, framing everything from stitching and fabrics to patterned papers and your favourite snaps from the family album. It’s the perfect way of making something extra special to decorate your home, which is just what our creative designer Zoë has done here.
Zoë has embellished a trio of photos with a delicious mixture of layered patterned papers and borders, plus some machine-stitched and layered paper hearts and a few sweet little stitched buttons to finish.
They’re miniature works of art, which would make gorgeous gifts for friends and family or simply take pride of place on your living room wall at home.
The possibilities are endless so why not have a play with sewing hoops and see what fabulous frames you can create at home?
- Kaisercraft Secret Garden 6.5in paper pad, from Merly Impressions
- 4in, 5in & 6in wooden embroidery hoops, from Sew and So
- Dovecraft 1.5in heart punch, from Filoro Crafts
- Double-sided tape
- Sewing machine
How to make your embroidery hoop portraits step by step
1. Draw around the edge of the embroidery hoop onto a piece of patterned paper with a pencil and cut it out to create a circular paper base for your design.
2. Take your patterned paper circle base and glue it firmly onto the inner ring of the embroidery hoop frame using some tacky PVA glue. Set aside to dry.
3. Punch two hearts and layer them up, then sew down the middle with the machine set to straight stitch. Add the papers and hearts onto the frame using double-sided tape.
Find more inspiration on our Free Craft Printables Pinterest board.