Fall Stencil Embroidery Hoop Art

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Embroidery Hoop Art with dried zinnias

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.

Embroidery Hoop Art with Zinnias

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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.  I even linked some to make shopping a breeze.

There’s a lot of details in this project 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 or shopping online because I bet you already have some of these things.

From the Garden

  • Zinnia Blooms and Sage

New Items

Things I Already had

Silica Gel Zinnias

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 on Fabric for Embroidery Hoop Art

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 with final details and dried zinnias

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…

  1. Lay the hoop over the fabric once the stencil dries and connect so the hoop becomes the frame.
  2. Cut the excess fabric in a circular motion leaving a little excess; I used two layers of fabric so it wasn’t see through.
  3. Pull threads from the top layer of fabric so you create a fringe appearance. (Optional)
  4. Tie off with natural twine so it’s easy to hang.
  5. 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.


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Embroidery Hoop Art with dried zinnias

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  1. Karen says:

    This is such a fun way to preserve the best of summer’s flowers to enjoy all through fall. I love stenciling on fabric too – it has such a nice texture and turns out beautifully.

    1. Carole says:

      Karen – thank you for commenting, you summed up this project perfectly because that’s what I was focusing on.. Preserving piece of summer to enjoy in the fall. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  2. Susan M. says:

    This is beautiful! I actually love that you used real flowers! I’ll also have to take a good look at your tips to dry them. Thanks!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Susan – I placed that tutorial separate from the post because it was a bit long. It’s fun you will enjoy!

  3. laura says:

    Hi Carole
    This is so pretty! The stencil in the middle adds such a great touch. I need to go and reread the details! Good luck with all of your new adventures! laura

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Laura – was fun working with you and this one does have a lot of details, each one can be recreated into many other neat projects too. Enjoy!

  4. BonBon says:

    So pretty Carole……I didn’t know zinnia’s could be dried. This is really a cute idea. Love the stencil and the dried flowers go so well together.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – I didn’t know you could dry them either, I just decided to give it a try and see what happens. Was fun and will probably do something down the road with roses.

  5. Beautiful job, Carole! I saw your post about using the silica gel, but I love seeing it in action. The zinnias are the perfect addition to your stenciled hoop!

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks Courtney – it was fun putting it all together once I came up with an idea…

  6. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    This is so pretty, sweet and simple. I love your dried zinnias and am already thinking of a holiday project in which I may use the silica gel. I also love that neutral gray taupey (not a word) color you used for the stencil. Perfect for the canvas and the bright zinnias.

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks Patti, This was fun but really stumped me for a few weeks. Looking forward to what you make for Christmas… Silica Gel is great for roses.

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