Saturday, September 28, 2013

Covering an embroidery hoop ...

If you want to handstitch any fabric in a hoop, it should first be covered. It stops the fabric slipping in the frame & ensures the fabric remains taught ... it actually 'grips' the fabric & prevents it slipping on the wood (or plastic) frame. Once done, it lasts for ages & is an easy job to replace if necessary.

I've just had to cover my extra large embroidery hoop (click here if you want to see what I'm using it for) - it didn't take very long & something I've been meaning to do for ages.

If you'd like to know how, here's the instructions:
First cut some bias lengths of fine cotton fabric (appx. 2"/5cm wide) then just wind them tightly around the inner hoop (ie. the one without the screw). Secure the beginning with a pin & when you have covered the entire hoop, remove the pin when you cover it with the fabric, then secure firmly in place with a few stitches.

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