You can embellish these embroidery hoops as little or as much as you want. I’m using Winter’s Lane fabric from Moda (via The Christmas Cloth Store at the Fat Quarter Shop) which is so pretty and perfect for this.
Add some buttons, ribbon and ric rak and you’re all set!
I recently received a few vintage embroidery hoops, plus I supplemented with a few that I bought at Joann’s in a 8″ size. I was looking for the smaller (3″ or 4″) sizes to use for ornaments, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. So I’m sticking with the larger sizes which are perfect to hang on the wall.
I cut my fabric into squares that were about 1″ – 2″ larger than the hoop size. Then I centered the fabric over the inner ring and placed the outer ring on top. Once I was satisfied, I tightened the screw and then trimmed the fabric on the back side.
I need to confess: I am not an embroidery expert. I don’t know if trimming the fabric is the correct way to do this. Maybe you should leave the extra fabric and sew a running stitch around it to gather the fabric from behind. If you know of a better way, please let me know!
I added buttons to the centers of the poinsettias in this print:
And a little ric rac to this print which gives it a Christmas ornament feel:
If I had more experience with embroidery stitches, I would have added some snow flakes to this fabric. Instead, all I added was a pretty bow:
For Christmas, my oldest daughter embroidered this beautiful piece and gifted it to me:
It says “peace” in eight different languages spiraling out from a dove in the center. It makes my heart full every time I look at it! Today, I finally gave it a proper home in this embroidery hoop:
There are so many ways that you can use embroidery hoops for decorating. Here are a few examples that would be perfect for the holidays:
From City Girl Gone Coastal, here is “A Merry Little Hoop” that is so cute hanging from a stick:
The Crafty Cupboard has some adorable embroidery hoop ornaments that had me at ric rak!
The Home Dzine website has some lovely embroidery hoop crafts to inspire you:
And if you ever shop on Etsy, you can find all kinds of embroidery hoop art. Here’s one example from My Burlap Home on Etsy:
And this sweet and simple one for any time of the year from Three Red Apples:
If you don’t have any embroidery hoops in your stash, I give you permission to go shopping! And of course you’ll have to get some pretty fabric to go with it ;-).