I can’t believe fall is here and it’s time for another seasonal challenge, we’re creating with embroidery hoops which left me stumped for several weeks. Then one August afternoon I remembered a fun technique for drying flowers that inspired moving forward.
This hoop project is easy to make, includes several steps and the best part is you can change it up any way you like by using different flowers or stencils.
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Where to Purchase Supplies
Supplies for this project came from all over the place, I used old, new and living blooms from the garden, which means I made this before we moved. I know that’s a lot of details but when inspiration hits I run with it. If you craft often then make sure to check the cupboards first before heading to the store because I bet you already have some of these things.
From the Garden
- Zinnia Blooms and Sage
- Embroidery Hoop – Craft Stores
- Light Canvas Material – Hobby Lobby
- Silica Gel – Hobby Lobby
- Glad Containers – Walmart
Things I Already had
- Natural Twine -craft or home improvement stores
- Zinnia Stencil – Cutting Edge Stencils Here
- Chalk Paint and Brushes – Craft Stores
Begin Drying Flowers with Silica Gel
Look at the before and after results when drying flowers with silica gel. This is a fun and easy technique I shared last week here. Allow a week for the flowers to dry or speed things up using the microwave. Taking the time to let the flowers sit offers better results if you want those bright vibrant colors.
Stenciling the Fabric
I’ve never stenciled fabric before and you know what I discovered? It’s super easy and I love it! Get my tips on stenciling here. Attaching the stencil with painter’s tape worked great and the transfer was quick, using less paint remains true.
Putting it all Together
Once everything was ready it was finally time to bring this project together in one place. This is best explained in steps because this piece is all about detail…
- Lay the hoop over the fabric once the stencil dries and connect so the hoop becomes the frame.
- Cut the excess fabric in a circular motion leaving a little excess; I used two layers of fabric so it wasn’t see through.
- Pull threads from the top layer of fabric so you create a fringe appearance. (Optional)
- Tie off with natural twine so it’s easy to hang.
- Add dried sage and zinnia blooms using a hot glue gun.
The Final Step
The final step involves making hoops with natural twine, tied off with wire and placed with hot glue. This is optional but thought it something light to bring out the embroidery hoop. Ribbon would be another option and once completed find a nice place to hang indoors.
Hope you enjoyed this Fall Hoop art project, now I’d like to invite you to visit my blog friends, they have some creative ideas that will hopefully inspire you to get excited about fall.