My #aussiehoopswap Vintage Creation

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Hoop art. It’s the new hot thing. Love it or hate it, it can’t be avoided at the moment. I happen to love my hoop art – it’s the perfect way to show off some cute fabric or embroidery, and they fit beautifully onto my Blind of Awesome.

When the #aussiehoopswap was organised on Instagram, I couldn’t resist joining in. My partner made two fantastic mosaics of hoops for inspiration and I really loved working on this. She received it over in Western Australia last night, so I can show off what I made for her.

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It was all made from vintage fabric and a vintage doily that had marks on the other part, so it was an ideal candidate to chop up!

Firstly I ironed light interfacing onto the back of the stripe fabric to help stabilise it and avoid distorting the stripes when stitched or stretched into the hoop. I picked thread colours from the beautiful stitching to make my words, and printed up words on the computer, tracing it off on my light box using a Frixion pen to mark them out. I used superfine Bottom Line thread in a soft ivory colour to stitch the doily on to the fabric along the fabric edge, leaving the lovely textural crochet edge loose.

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A simple premade label on the back, glued into place.

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Included in her parcel were matching pincushion bucket – oh so cute!! and a key fob/wristlet strap that I made out of the same vintage fabric and a fabulous piece of vintage crochet lace from my stash. Again I used the strong fine Bottom Line thread to run two lines of stitching along the lace to hold it securely without the stitching being too obvious and spoiling the effect.

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All wrapped up in some pretty tissue paper with bakers twine and a doily for decoration! Anne totally loved it, and I did enjoy trying some new techniques that I hadn’t really used much before. I can see a lot of these vintage creations in my future!

I’d love to hear from you – Hoop Art. Love it? Hate it? Do you have any hanging up in your sewing space?

Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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3 Responses

    • Cassandra

      I had so much fun making them, and I think it shows in the final product. I have more and more ideas for these, expect to see some more!

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