Having seen a number of hoop finishes online I decided it would be perfect for this, only problem was I had never done one before. So back to the trusty internet I went and found a number of pictures of how to put a hoop finish together. The two main techniques appear to be gluing excess fabric to the hoop or to use a running stitch to gather the fabric at the back.
|DMC Alphabet Heart Cross Stitch Finish|
As I had left myself short in the excess fabric department, I was stuck with having to use the glue method. I got myself all set up and trimmed the fabric into a rough circle. Then I used my Fabric Mod Podge to stick the evenweave in place. This method worked well enough, however I did have to carefully trim away some of the clumps of fabric at the back after it had been glued. The Fabric Mod Podge gives a really good bond without a lot of mess. In fact it worked so well, that once the glue had dried it was there to stay, there is no way to remove the stitching from the hoop that I can see.
I also cut a circle of batting to put in behind the cross stitch, to give it a slightly domed effect, and foam core to finish it off neatly. Unfortunately I miscalculated with the foam core and ended up cutting it too small, so I had do it again, which was frustrating but not a major problem.
I’m quite happy with the result and I think the shape of the stitching works well with this style of finish. Next time I think I will use the running stitch method, as it seems to allow more flexibility and room for error. I will have to leave enough excess fabric to facilitate this though.
The lovely Rhona from Tangled Threads also stitched this piece using different colour threads. She finished it as a gorgeous heart shaped hanging, click here to see it!
Has anyone else attempted a hoop finish? What method did you use and how did you find it? Please let us know in the comments below.