Embroidery Hoops

Did you know that they are totally coming back into style?!

No, not this kind :

This kind:

Aren’t they to die for? Oh my so cute! I especially love the idea of using them as bulletin boards.

(if you click on the picture, it will take you to where I got it.)

The hoops you do NOT want to do totally remind me of how my mom decorated in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I think we had 4 embroidery hoops with lace around them in different sizes that said “Home Sweet Home.” Not a terrible idea, just use super cute fabric and NO lace like shown above.

Since this is such a super cute idea, I had to try it out. I initially found the idea on Design Dazzle under the nursery section. It’s an easy project, that doesn’t take a lot of talent, and brightens up any room.

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All you need is fabric, embroidery hoops, and paint (if you’d like).

I got my hoops from Hobby Lobby. I got three of the same size, because of where I was going to put them in Bubs’ room. Plans have since changed so I would have bought more and in different sizes if I could go back.

The range of creativity is so large with these. I think you could almost do anything and it would look great!

I chose three different greens for my son’s room. I think most rooms would look great with complimentary colors.

I could have left the hoop this light wood color, but I have a bunch of touch up paint for our house so I just used that to paint them.

NO WORRIES – Bubs was asleep for the painting part. 🙂

Once they dried, I tried to put the fabric on. I couldn’t though. Any guesses on why?

I had to iron the fabric first. Wow, I have a feeling I have a lot of ironing in my future! Does anyone know if I could just throw the fabric in the dryer and that would do the trick? That’s what I do with our clothes. Seriously, we never have the iron out. Okay, okay, I know I’m just going to have to get used to it being out. 🙂

So ironing wasn’t that big of a deal; ironing fabric isn’t even near as bad as a man’s church shirt, which I’ve done once our whole marriage, seriously, my poor husband goes to church in wrinkled shirts. He doesn’t like to iron either. 🙂

Here are the super cute fabrics I chose:

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All of these are available on Click on the pictures to take you to these cute fabrics!

Here are the hoops on Cutie Patootie’s wall:

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Embroidery Hoops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I LOVE how they turned out!

What I Learned:

1. Different size hoops are much more appealing to the eye.

2. Play with colors!

3. You need to iron fabric before using it. Who knew?


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  1. Posted April 30, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Who knew? I love the way they look on the wall! Great idea!

  2. Tina Y.
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I love it! I need some for daughter’s room and my office STAT. 🙂

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    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! Very well-done! 🙂