Today I’m going to show you how I finish the majority of embroidery hoops that I make. It’s quick, easy, and looks clean when completed. I’m all about quick when I have a million ideas in my head.
All it takes to finish a hoop this way is three simple steps.
1. Frame Your Piece
I usually iron a piece once it’s complete to give it a fresh look. One tip I learned that works really well is to get a clean rag or dishtowel and make it damp. Then you lay the damp towel over your embroidery and then iron on top of that. It steams out any wrinkles and it doesn’t flatten your stitches like it might if you just ironed right on top of them.
Place your embroidery into the hoop exactly the way you want it framed. Make sure your fabric is nice and taut while you tighten down your hoop.
2. Trim Your Edges
To prepare your work for the next step we need to trim the fabric peeking out the back of your tightened hoop. I have a pair of nicely sharpened fabric scissors that I use for this step. My fabric is usually trimmed down to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. While you are cutting just press the fabric down over the edge. If it’s not touching the front of your work you are good to go. I just eyeball it and check with my finger as I go around.
Almost always I end up gluing the edges of my fabric onto the back of my hoop. One example of when I didn’t do that was my patriotic hoop. It looked really cute with the fabric peeking out around it so I left it as is. You get to decide how you want your finished piece to look.
If you do want to finish it off with glue it only takes a few minutes. Warm up your hot glue gun and then, working about 2 inches at a time, add a line of glue around the edge of your hoop.
Press your fabric onto the glue from left to right. Do it quickly but firmly so your fabric is sticking but you don’t feel like you’re burning yourself. Keep going around about 2 inches at a time until you reach the end.
Now your hoop is ready to be displayed. I learned as a child to keep my backs neat and clean so I don’t mind seeing the back of my stitches, but if you really want to cover it up you can always glue a piece of fabric or felt onto the back edges of your hoop. All you do is trim your felt down to the size of your hoop and then add a line of hot glue around the wood on the back to press your felt into.
I hope this was helpful so that you can start hanging some of the beautiful embroidery hoops you’ve made so far.