Monday, July 7, 2014
Eureka Tip: How to Hoop Difficult Fabric
Have you ever wanted to stitch on something that was just a bit too small to be properly hooped? I learned a clever trick for just that problem from a fellow stitcher at my local Embroiderers' Guild!
Nicole, Carina and I all made these badger badges so that you visitors to &Stitches In The Park would know us! To fill my badger with little flowers, I knew I needed to get him in a hoop, but the piece of fabric piece was too small - the solution? Hoop a piece of similar-colored scrap fabric, then baste your small piece to it! Stitch away, then trim the hooped fabric away - either to the same shape (essentially creating a double-layered piece, which was great for extra firmness on my badge), or close to your stitching at the back.
This method would also be great for un-hoopable fabrics, like felt or velvet - or even for stitching on very delicate fabrics that might be damaged by a hoop!
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