Beautiful, the embroidery hoop monogram, isn’t it? :)
Once I’ve seen somewhere (but I don’t remember, where ;-() how somebody made an embroidery hoop from magazine paper.
On the photo you see how it looks. I used quite stiff advertising paper and the hoop became very robust.
This way I can make fast and cheap embroidery hoops in different sizes :)
- Paper, e.g. advertising paper
It should be strong and may not stain(!) the fabric.
- Log or dowel
I used a 8mm knitting needle
- Drinking glass or the like with the required diameter
That’s what you do:
Select appropriate paper sheets.
Roll and fold the paper sheets to paper strips of equal width (see tutorial here).
Coil one paper strip firm around the glass and fix with tape.
Tape the hoop very well.
Slip the hoop over the glass again and coil the second strip of paper very firmly around the first hoop, tape very well, too.
These are both hoops, one can be slipped exactly over the other.
Put the fabric into the embroidery hoop and embroider.
I didn’t iron the fabric, but it’s firmly tightened into the hoop.
That’s the way everything looks from the backside.
Have fun with your embroidery :)
Here at unikatissima: Folded Paper Strips of Equal Width
Ok, I must admit that the picture doesn’t look like endless embroidery, but it is: I designed the pattern (see links below) so that you can repeat it endlessly.
Besides the others embroideries I told about I like this so much because you can fill shapes with.
Well, you can sew a simple purse and completely embroider the flap. Or the lid of a round box (the item on the picture was meant to cover a lid). Or a pillow. Or along the neckline of a t-shirt. Or a linen tote.
It doesn’t matter what it is, (at the latest:)) after embroidering it it will be a very special item.
Although I liked the item on the photo on top I wanted to see how it looks if I decrease the colour contrast of fabric and embroidery.
Hm, I like both ;-)
Here I’m at work: in the foreground you can see my magazine embroidery hoop: it’s still fully functional ;-)
On the left top you see the iron-on copy of the pattern: I bought such an iron-on transfer pencil to trace the pattern and then iron it on the fabric. I even found a tutorial for this.
Because I’m not a good embroiderer and didn’t really trust the washability of the pencil I simply ironed the pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and embroidered it this way – it worked fine. I only had to turn my work often.
And because I made it on impulse I embroidered with sewing thread. It must look much better with embroidery floss.
By the way, the thick dots are French knots, it was fun to embroider them into the little squares.
In the file with the pattern (see links below) you will find the pattern as endless version (simply place side by side in both directions) as well as edging and border.
Now you can embroider all sorts of things to your liking from top to bottom or only partially ;-)
It’s as always: Simply try it out! ;-)
I wish you a lot of fun with it,
unikatissima’s endless pattern bulawajo: PDF file (ca. 384 KB)
As I said before I really love freeform work.
I once even wrote a tutorial on freeform bead embroidery (in german).
First I show how to embroider beads (with explaining pictures).
Then I tell how to encase a piece of cardboard with your fabric to use as cheap alternative for an embroidery hoop (with explaining pictures too).
And in the end I show how to begin with your freeform embroidery (which for me is always the most difficult part) (with explaining pictures too).
The item on the picture is a bead embroidered button I once made.
Freeform Bead Embroidery (in german with explaining pictures)