There are a lot of options for using this embroidered pumpkin design. It is cute on cushions or table linens and it would be nice on a fall themed bag. In this tutorial, you will see how to frame it in a hoop to hang on the wall.
Using a wooden hoop is a cute and economical option. The sample uses a 7″ embroidery hoop.
If you frame embroidery in your hoop with this method, it is permanent. You will not be able to reuse that same hoop for another embroidery project easily. Because of this, many people buy cheap hoops for framing and use better quality hoops for doing the embroidery.
Before adding the embroidery, trace the inner hoop on a piece of felt. This will be used as a backing.
Put the fabric in the embroidery hoop, centring the embroidery. Make sure the screw of the hoop is at the top.
Roughly trim the edges of the fabric. You will want about 1″-2″ around the edge of the hoop if you have it. It doesn’t have to be precise.
Thread a needle with a long piece of thread. Use regular sewing thread, not embroidery thread. If you have heavy duty sewing thread or hand-quilting thread, that is ideal.
Knot the ends of the thread so that you are stitching with two strands.
Take long stitches in the edge fabric across the back of the embroidery. Gently but firmly pull the fabric edges together.
This technique is called lacing.
Gradually work your way around the hoop, taking stitches directly across the circle. When you get to the end of the thread, knot it and begin a new piece.
Fold the backing circle in half and snip a small wedge out of one side.
This cut is optional, but it gives an opening in the backing for hanging.
Align the opening with the top of the hoop and glue the felt onto the fabric.
Felt is a great option for backing embroidery because it is sturdy enough to support the embroidery but also soft enough to not damage your walls.
Experiment with different colour combinations to match your decor.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.