How to frame embroidery without hoop

How to Display Embroidery Without a Hoop

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How to frame embroidery without hoop

Think beyond the hoop when it comes to exhibiting your stitching! Sure, it’s simple to hang hoop embroidery on the wall, but there are many more creative methods to display your lovely work. A common alternative is to frame the embroidery—all you need is a hook and a frame! If you don’t want to frame your work, keep reading for other inventive ways to display it.

Framing Your Embroidery

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Make sure your stitched item is absolutely flat by ironing it.

1. Make sure your stitched item is absolutely flat by ironing it. You don’t want those annoying wrinkles to be on show! Set your iron to the lowest setting that is compatible with your cloth and iron your stitched item wrong side up on an ironing board. The cloth should then be ironed smooth. At iron a linen-cotton mix, put your iron to medium heat with steam.

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Select a metal or wooden picture frame and remove the back.

2. Select a metal or wooden picture frame and remove the back. There are so many different styles to pick from! Choose a big enough frame, such as a wooden or metal frame, to accommodate the needlework. Then, remove the rear of the frame to allow you to pull out the backing. Keep the glass in the frame, but clean it if there are any smudges.
Don’t want to put your needlework in a frame with glass? Not a problem! Some people believe that pressing the threads behind the glass makes it more difficult to see the intricacy, thus it’s perfectly OK to leave the glass out.

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Thread the needle and position the embroidery on the backing board.

3. Thread the needle and position the embroidery on the backing board. Remove at least one foot (12 in) of strong cotton thread from the spool and snip it. Thread the needle and make a knot at the end of the thread, and you’re ready to go. Then, put the background portion of the frame flat and center the embroidered piece on it. Hold the sides and turn the embroidery and board over.
Do you need some more help? Pull the fabric tightly around the backing board and insert sewing pins through the fabric and into the board’s edge. The pins only serve to keep the cloth in place while you stitch the back.

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To add tension, sew a broad zig-zag between the edges.

4. To add tension, sew a broad zig-zag between the edges. Because you’re not extending the needlework in a hoop, you’ll need to stretch the cloth in another method. Thread your needle through one of the long edges towards the corner of the backing. Sew onto the other fabric edge using your needle. Then, stitch crosswise at a diagonal about 12 inch (1.3 cm) from the beginning. When you work this zig-zag back and forth, it seems as though the thread laces the back, creating stress.
Keep the short ends of your cloth unfolded for now—you’ll stitch them later!

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Stitch along the two short edges.

5. Stitch along the two short edges. Sew the short ends in place now that you’ve mastered the technique. Tuck the fabric’s short ends into the centre of the backing and stitch a zigzag pattern between the two sides. Once you’ve reached the end of the thread, tie it off and snip it.
Sewing between pieces of cloth may seem weird, but this is what creates tension and keeps the needlework in place.

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Insert the embroidery-covered backing piece into the frame and attach the clasps.

6. Insert the embroidery-covered backing piece into the frame and attach the clasps. You’ve completed the most difficult task! Simply insert the embroidery with the backdrop into the frame. Place the back of the frame in place and slide the clasps or closures to prevent the backing from falling out!
Set the frame on a side table or hang it on the wall to complete exhibiting your stitching. Frame multiple pieces of needlework and place them together in an artistic arrangement for a really eye-catching display.

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Alternative Display Options

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For an eye-catching presentation, hang your stitching from a wall or ladder.

1. For an eye-catching presentation, hang your stitching from a wall or ladder. Maintain a straightforward approach! Clip the top of your embroidered piece to wall hooks or a quilt hanger to display it on any wall in your house. Prop a ladder against the wall and drape the top of your needlework over a rung for a more rustic effect.
This looks fantastic with huge needlework works that would otherwise be difficult to frame.

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Stretch the needlework over a canvas frame for a more contemporary look.

2. Stretch the needlework over a canvas frame for a more contemporary look. Work the embroidery on canvas cloth and get a large wooden frame. Place the needlework face down on a flat surface and position the frame on top of it. Wrap the sides of the needlework around the sides of the frame and secure the canvas with binder clips every few inches around the corners. Fold over the shorter ends and tuck the fabric in so it doesn’t protrude from the corners. Then, connect the piece to the rear of the frame using a staple gun.

  • Canvas cloth, as opposed to embroidered fabric, is thicker and less likely to wrinkle.
  • This is an even simpler method for framing needlework! Because you’re only pulling the embroidered piece over the wooden frame, you don’t need to worry with glass or backing.
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Stuff a pillowcase with embroidery for a quick toss cushion.

3. Stuff a pillowcase with embroidery for a quick toss cushion. Don’t spend money on toss pillows when you can create them yourself! Purchase a simple pillowcase from your local craft shop and embroider your design on it. Then, insert a pillow or filling into the pillowcase and sew the pillow closed.
Do you want to make your own pillow? Not a problem! Make your embroidered piece out of whatever fabric you like, and then cut a matching piece of fabric for the back of the cushion. Then, arrange the wrong sides together and stitch around three sides. Turn the pillowcase over and fill it with your pillow!

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If you want your needlework to stand out, place it in a shadow box.

4. If you want your needlework to stand out, place it in a shadow box. Purchase a shadow box from a craft shop and remove the glass lid top. Then, while the embroidery is still in the hoop, cut around the borders to leave a 1 inch (2.5 cm) overhang. Squeeze craft glue along the fabric’s edge and fold it over the rear of the hoop. Allow your needlework to dry before removing the outer hoop. Because the embroidery is now securely attached to the inner hoop, glue the bottom of the hoop and adhere it to the shadow box’s backing piece. Put the lid on the shadow box so that it may be displayed.
Hang the shadow box for a simple yet eye-catching show, or fill it with modest accessories. If you’re displaying stitched flowers, for example, place a few dried flowers in the bottom of the box.

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Make an ornament out of your stitching to hang for the holidays.

5. Make an ornament out of your stitching to hang for the holidays. Make personalized ornaments for everyone on your list! Make a basic form out of your stitching, such as a circle, diamond, or oval. Then, cut a piece of cardboard 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) smaller than the embroidered piece. Wrap the embroidery around the cardboard and stitch the fabric’s rear edges together. Then, sew a fabric loop to the top of your ornament so you can hang it.

  • Do you want a puffy ornament with additional texture? Fill the space between the cardboard and the embroidery with fiberfill before sewing it together. For added adornment, hot glue a piece of lace ribbon around the edge of the ornament.
  • Don’t save your embroidered jewelry until a special occasion! Consider the ornaments to be wall decorations that can be hung from hooks.
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