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:

 

Magnolia Heart - Faby Reilly Designs
Magnolia Heart - Faby Reilly Designs
Magnolia Heart

PDF pattern to stitch this lovely heart as a pretty keepsake gift for an engagement or a wedding. It would also be perfectly suitable as a Mother’s Day gift, or even a Valentine’s Day present!
This design features a range of Magnolia buds and blooms, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, and sequins.

£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
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Apple Blossom Card
Apple Blossom Card
Apple Blossom Card

PDF Pattern to stitch this pretty card. This design features beautiful apple blossoms and fairy-tale butterflies, and it’s delicately enhanced with a few beads and special stitches.

£4.00
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Sweet Heart Bookmark
Sweet Heart Bookmark
Sweet Heart Bookmark

PDF Pattern to stitch this pretty bookmark and its matching fob.
This design features various patterned hearts with a “block print” effect, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads and special stitches.

£4.00
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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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Tree and Snowflake Hoops - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowflake Hoop - Faby Reilly Designs
Tree and Flake Christmas Hoops

Pattern to stitch these two festive hoops.
These designs feature an intricate snowflake and a pretty tree decorated with sequin baubles and silk bows, both encased in a delicate wreath of foliage and berries. They’re beautifully enhanced with beads and metallic threads.
Both are photographed on a 5″ hoop.

£5.00
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To browse all designs that can be stitched with a small hoop, click HERE.

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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