I have several of these old embroidery hoops laying around (a few I got at an estate sale week before last). Some are older than others, but I thought I would do something with them today.
So, I gathered up some supplies. I decided to make a wallhanging relating to vintage sewing items to hang over my sewing machine! I gathered up rick rack, vintage lace, vintage buttons, snaps, pincushion and spool of thread.
I used a heavy fabric kind of like Osnaberg - only much heavier. You must have something with some body to it to support the weight of the items you glue onto it.
Lay your hoop down and cut a circle a couple of inches larger.
Lay your hoop on top of the right side of your fabric. This is to use as a guide to where to put your items. Make sure you allow enough of the trims, etc. to go over the edge of the hoop when you put them together. I just hot glued my items.
Then, place your decorated fabric over the bottom hoop and put the top hoop with the screw on. You may have to loosen the screw to get the fabric on there. Try to be careful when you are gluing to not get much glue where the hoop goes. It will make it too thick .
Tighten the fabric in the hoop really taunt. At this point, trim your edges down if you need to and hot glue the edges to the back side of the hoop.
After I got this all done, I added a vintage pair of scissors and a tiny pincushion. I had to glue the scissors several places on the edge of the wooden hoop to secure it. Don't worry - the scissors are not ruined. The glue will peel off if I decide I want to take them off.
I was amazed that these scissors still cut very sharply. Look at that tiny crocheted pincushion hat. It is such little stitching and look at the darling little purse hanging from it!!
I added a red and white checked torn strip of fabric for a hanger.
You could use this method to make something with gardening items - seed packets, etc., children's items, or whatever suits your fancy.
Tomorrow, I will have another "hoop" idea that I think you will really love. Be sure and come visit.
Till next time, Judy