How to position your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop

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Isn’t it funny how sometimes what seems really obvious isn’t actually that obvious… until it becomes really obvious again! (What…!?) Here’s a perfect example of what I mean…

You’ll just need:

  • a small wooden embroidery hoop
  • some stitching fabric (linen, evenweave or aida)

Ready?

1. Personally, I don’t like stitching without any kind of frame – it’s much easier to achieve lovely regular stitches if your fabric is kept really nice and taut, and I’m not even talking about beads or French knots! So even if I’m stitching a tiny pattern (like this scissor fob), I prefer to use a frame.

Larger designs are best stitched on oblong frames, but for tiny patterns, small hoops are the best. The downside with hoops is that unless you bind them (& I’ll show you how to do that another time), they tend to leave horrid marks on the fabric, so best to use a hoop that’s only just slightly bigger than your design. Pick it too large, and you’ll waste a lot of fabric. It’s a fine line.

How to put your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop - Faby Reilly Desings

2. So here you go for the obvious:

To place your fabric on a wooden embroidery hoop, centre it on the smaller ring, and press the larger ring (having loosened the screw) onto the smaller ring to sandwich the fabric between the 2 rings of the hoop. When you’ve made sure the tension is even everywhere (you can tell it is if the strands of fabric are nice and straight all over), tighten the screw.

3. And you’re good to go…! Start stitching. All is going beautifully well

How to put your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop - Faby Reilly Desings

4. until… something makes you realise the obvious isn’t actually that obvious! What happens when you go over to the back of your fabric to stop your stitch… and your needle gets stuck against the hoop…!?!? (#Grrr$@&%*! #Rmph$@&%*! and #Argh$@&%*!….)

How to put your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop - Faby Reilly Desings

5. So what now?

Let’s rewind and get back to step 2 to look at the NEW obvious method where you work things upside down!

Centre the fabric over the LARGE ring, and press the SMALL ring into the large ring to sandwich the fabric between the 2 rings. Adjust the tension, tighten the screw. Breathe in, breathe out – life is good again <3 !

How to put your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop - Faby Reilly Desings

6. Look at this… there’s nothing in the way of your lovely needle now, is there 😉 !!

How to put your fabric onto a small embroidery hoop - Faby Reilly Desings

If you found this tip helpful, feel free to share it!

A few design ideas you may like, for which this method works really well:

 

Peacock Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Peacock stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.

Don’t just store your stitching tools – do it with style and panache! These designs feature proud peacocks and their glorious feathers, enhanced with beads and sequins.

£10.00
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Violet Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Stitching Set
Violet Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Violet stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£10.00
Add to basket
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu. It can be used as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£5.00
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Wild Rose Biscornu
Wild Rose Biscornu
Wild Rose Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this elegant biscornu. This design features wild roses and fruits, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads and a dainty decorative border.

£5.00
Add to basket
Lilac Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Lilac Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Lilac Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Lilac stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature beautiful lilac flowers and busy bumblebees, enhanced with special stitches, beads, sequins and silver thread.

£10.00
Add to basket
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this striking biscornu pin-cushion – don’t just pin your needles, do it with style and panache!
This design features a proud peacock and his glorious feathers, beautifully enhanced with beads and sequins. Once assembled, this biscornu is about 10.5 x 10.5 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

£5.00
Add to basket
Flora Pouch - Faby Reilly Designs
Flora Pouch - Faby Reilly Designs
Flora Pouch

PDF Pattern to stitch this pretty pouch and matching key fob. This set is ideal as a hand-bag companion, to store ear pods or tiny items (such as a supermarket trolley token, for example).
Denim inspired, in shades of blues and browns, this design is enhanced with silver thread, special stitches, beads, and sequins.

£5.00
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Snowdrop Biscornu
Snowdrop Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowdrop Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this biscornu with delicately arranged snowdrops, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, white beads and mother-of-pearl sequins.

£5.00
Add to basket
Lavender Sachet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lavender Sachet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lavender Sachet

Pattern to stitch this stylish lavender sachet and its matching fob.
This design features tied posies of lavender with blue butterflies, and it’s enhanced with silver beads, and special stitches.

£4.00
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Let it Snow Star - Faby Reilly Designs
Let it Snow Star - Faby Reilly Designs
Let it Snow Star

Pattern to stitch this stunning star, to pop at the top of your Christmas tree, or to display as a hanging ornament. This design features a variety of snowflakes on a contrasting fabric, and it’s enhanced with silver thread, special stitches, and sparkling beads & sequins.

£5.00
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Violet Humbug
Violet Humbug
Violet Humbug

PDF pattern to stitch this pretty humbug with vibrant violets. The finishing method allows the humbug to remain open and hollow so that it can be used to hold small stitching items such as a thimble, needle threader, etc. or any other small item. This pretty pattern is also embellished with a few sequins, golden beads and special stitches.

£4.00
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Cornflower Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Cornflower Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Cornflower Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a pomander, or simply as an ornament!
This design features cornflowers in bloom, and it’s enhanced with special stitches, beads, and golden thread.
Once assembled, it’s about 10 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

£5.00
Add to basket

3 Responses

  1. […] a previous article, we looked at how to use a small embroidery hoop, but that doesn’t help us much for large projects. For those, here’s a useful way to […]

  2. Pamela Cambray
    | Reply

    Faby you are an inspiration , I look forward to news letters & tutorials best wishes Pamela cambray

    • Faby Reilly
      | Reply

      Oh that’s wonderful to hear, Pamela!! Thank you so much 🙂

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