|Benny the happy bunny|
I finished stitching him last night and framed him up today. I find if I don't frame projects straight away then they have a tendency to slip quietly into the 'unfinished project abyss'.
For me framing has to be simple and effective and able to be completed during a certain child's very short nap time!
So I thought I would share with you my hoop framing process...it is very easy, I promise!
Here are a few bits you will need...
Grab the inside ring of your embroidery hoop and trace along the inside edge onto heavy card - I like to use nappy boxes as they are plentiful and sturdy....nobody needs to know there is a picture of Tigger on the back of it!
Trace around the card you have just cut out onto a piece of felt with a fabric marker or ballpoint pen and cut out. (The step is optional...read down to the end of the tutorial to see if you require the felt).
Next I added double sided tape around the outer edge of the inner hoop...this step is optional....I like it as it helps keep the fabric tight but skip this step it if you think you will want to remove your stitching from the hoop one day.
Place your hoop sticky side down (if you are using tape) and position it to suit your picture.
Next trim around off excess fabric all the way around leaving an inch or two to play with.
Using 3 strands of any colour cotton tie a nice big fat knot in the end and start a running/gathering stitch.
When you get to the start again tie a nice firm knot.
Lay the cardboard over the back and centre it...
Now the trick is to apply gentle pressure and squish (this is the technical term) the cardboard into the back....it needs to be a tightish fit so the cardboard won't fall out.
And you are done.........
.......or if you would like a slightly fancier finish and to hide the cardboard....
......centre the felt circle over the back and whip stitch it to the fabric.
Apologies for my bad cutting and dubious photography skills in the latter pictures!