Welcome 2016 and a Happy New Year to you!
I am not an embroiderer. I am more used to papers. But every now and then, I try out fabric and threads just for fun. And that was the idea when I made this hoop for a gift topper using some dies from Eileen Hull's Stitchlits collection from Sizzix. Follow along to see how I made this decorated embroidery hoop!
Start by diecutting the embroidery hoop. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying the Sizzix Bigz Die - Embroidery Hoop, blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad -Standard. Lay a Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Sheet (you can find these in white and cream and color it any shade you want. I had one black one left over from a previous project that I used up here) on the blade surface of the Embroidery Hoop die and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Run the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
Paint the metal hinge part of the hoop, gold.
Next, diecut the flower and leaves using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Flower & Leaf Stitchlits. These will need to be diecut in layers.
Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad - Standard on another Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies. Lay cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and lay the flower, stem and leaf dies blade side down on the cardstock. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad from the pair and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
This will give you the inner details of the flower, stem and leaves that you can stitch on later.
Repeat the same sandwich as above but with the outer edge dies of the flower, stem and leaf. Pass it through the Big Shot machine.
Here are the flower, stem and leaves ready to be stitched on with needle and embroidery floss.
Before starting the starting, you can color your flower and leaf and stem if you like. To stitch just follow the stitching holes and give it your personal touches.
Stitch the flower stem onto a 7" x 7" fabric square and embroider 'Welcome 2016' on it. Set the fabric on the central Mat Board round that you got when you first diecut the Embroidery Hoop. This will give the fabric some strength when you try to finish the hoop. This was important for me because mine was going on top of a gift box that held the personalized 2016 desktop calendar pictured above.
Others: cardstock, acrylic paints, paint brush, needle, embroidery flosses
Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!