Wednesday, May 5

The Wall Behind Me

I love the idea of using fabric-filled embroidery hoops as wall art, especially in a studio/craft room/atelier. (Desire to Inspire has a great collection of hoop art photos here.) And today I finally got started on my own.


Well, actually I started last weekend at the huge neighborhood-wide garage sale, when I found this in a “FREE” box.


Poor Mr. Bear is now in the garbage, but the 10” hoop that was holding him is up on my wall, full of blue fabric from the scrap box and adorned with a princess one of my kids drew. (I think it would be a cute design to embroider on something someday…)


And a few houses later I found an even bigger hoop; had to pay for this one. A quarter. I was going to leave it just fabric, but then while tidying up found this card that makes me smile.


It’s just pinned at the corners from behind. But it got me thinking, I could add some cardboard circles behind the fabric, so I could pin or tack stuff to the now-sturdy-backed fabric if I so desired…


I hope to find some more hoops (for cheap/free) to fill things out a little more. Hey, if you run across any, can you send them my way? I’m sure I could find a little sump’n-or-other for you to show my appreciation.

: )

Oh, and I added one more tack in the wall for my project list so it’s always close at hand. (It’s being used a LOT! Yippee!) I had to laugh when I read Quilary’s comment last month; like her, I almost let my brain derail me. In my case, it said “A clipboard, I can’t start using this list until I have a clipboard.” But then remembered my pile o’ cardboard and box o’ binder clips – derailment avoided. Take that, Brain!


P.S. I’d actually gone downstairs to work on the squares, but then started tidying up, which led to ripping Mr. Bear apart, which led to…. Then suddenly realized I’d “started” a project but had no recent “done” ones! Scanned my list and quickly found some to finish up and cross off. I think I’ve finally found the balance of structure and spontaneity I needed in my creating.


  1. Hoops as wall art and/or notice boards is a fantastic concept. I know I have quite a few of those lying around the place. I had a 'gold' theme for a 40th party and used lots of small hoops to hold up draped gold fabric that was part of the window decorations (yeah I did go a bit overboard - but it was fun!) Now...where did I put them all?...oh I better fill in "my project plan"

  2. Love it!! Dang you - you just added another project to my "to do" list!! lol

  3. I love the idea of a hoop as a notice board - if you use one of the giant quilting ones coupled with chalk fabric you could even make a chalk board!

  4. I am so excited that a friend is going to teach me how to embroider before our trip to Mexico. I am thinking that it will give me something fun to do while on the plane and during our "siesta" times. :) Maybe I'll make some tea towels.

    Off I go to buy my own hoops at Hobby Lobby. LOL, I feel like a little grandma.

  5. Quilary - if your small hoops are all the same size, the Desire to Inspire post i linked to included a fun example where there was a grid of hoops all with blue-ish fabrics in them. Looked very sleek...

    Sara -- when as long as you finish two first... : )

    MA - I've never heard of fabric chalk - what a fun idea!

    Jenny - How fun. can't wait to see what you come up with. i'm starting a new one for another birthday soon...

  6. Nothing against Mr. Bear, but that lace had to go. Well done.

  7. Chris, will you still be my friend if I tell you I stuck the piece of lace in my Trims & Ribbons box?

    Actually, I think it WAS in the trash until a little munchkin walked by, spied it, and said "Mama, why is this pretty white stuff in with the garage?!?"



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