step-by-step tutorial: how to finish the back of your embroidery hoop

 

1. FIT YOUR FABRIC IN HOOP: Fit your finished embroidery into your wooden hoop. You want the image to be centered and snug inside your hoop. Do not over stretch the fabric so that the image looks distorted.

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2. TRIM YOUR FABRIC: Trim your fabric about  1'' from the hoops edge. You can use regular fabric scissors or pinking shears (the pinking shears will help prevent your fabric from fraying.)

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3. GATHER YOUR FABRIC: Gather the excess fabric using a running stitch. Start with a long single strand of thread, (you can use a light colored thread or corresponding color from your kit). Tie a double knot at one end of your thread, and thread the other end through the eye of your needle. To secure your thread, bring your needle and thread through the fabric and create a double stitch on top of each other. Then simply weave your needle up and down through the fabric (as pictured: #1) and pull your thread through. Continue until you have stitched around the whole outer edge. Once you have finished, pull your thread tight so that all the fabric folds in on itself. Secure your thread in place by creating a double stitch on top of each other, then repeat a double stitch on top of each other in the opposite direction (forming a tiny cross). Trim your thread, and now you are ready to sew the felt to the back!

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4. FELT BACKING: Use a whip stitch to attach your felt backing to the back of your hoop. Start with a long single strand of thread, (you can use a light colored thread or corresponding color from your kit). Tie a double knot at one end of your thread, and thread the other end through the eye of your needle. Bring your needle and thread up through the back of the excess fabric right next to the hoops edge. Next bring your needle over about 1/2'' to the right or left. Create a straight stitch by sinking your needlepoint down through the excess fabric and back up 1/8"-1/4" from the edge of the felt (as pictured: #2). Pull your needle and thread all the way through to create a nicely angled stitch. Repeat these steps to achieve beautifully spaced whip stitches all the way around your felt. Secure your thread in place by creating a small double stitch on top of each other (on the excess fabric/NOT FELT, as pictured: #3), then repeat a double stitch on top of each other in the opposite direction (forming a tiny cross). Trim your thread and voila! 

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**You can use a light colored thread or a corresponding color from your kit to finish the back of the hoop. Here are a few examples (below) of different color thread. You can have bold or discreet lines on the back of your hoop. The finishing touch is entirely up to you!**

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE

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BLACK THREAD FOR HOOP BACKING

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CACTUS GARDEN

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TOP OF THE ROCK

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OLIVE GREEN THREAD FOR HOOP BACKING

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WHITE THREAD FOR HOOP BACKING