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Positivity Embroidery Hoops

Project by Angela Harkness

Create your very own positivity hoopies for your potting shed when you make these fun embroidery samplers.


5 Beehive fat quarter pack fabrics

4 Felt squares

Collall Textile Glue Plus

5 Embroidery hoops of different sizes

Stranded cotton embroidery thread in a variety of colours to coordinate with fabric choices

Heat erasable pen

50” Ribbon

Step 1: Using the embroidery hoop as a guide, position onto the fat quarter to select the chosen fabric design area. Tighten the hoop over the fabric, making sure the fabric sits well within the hoop and there are no creases

Step 2: With your chosen embroidery thread, stitch over the chosen fabric design areas with an appropriate embroidery stitch. This example is a lazy daisy stitch

Step 3: Continue to highlight different elements of the fabric design with different threads and stitches

Straight stitch

French knots


Lazy daisy and back stitch

Step 4: Continue with this technique for a second hoop

Straight stitch

Satin stitch in two colours of thread

Step 5: For the positivity slogan hoops, using a heat erasable pen, write your text onto the fabric: “bee kind” “bee safe” “bee joyful”. Using three strands of cotton, stitch over your text with a backstitch.

Step 6: TO finish the hoops, first trim away any excess fabric around the outside of the hoop, leaving 1.5-2” around the circle. Using needle and strong thread, stitch a running stitch around the edge of your circle of fabric. Position the embroidery hoop in place, pull the thread to gather in the edges then when happy with positioning, tighten up the screw on the hoop

Step 7: Trace around the embroidery hoop onto a piece of coordinating felt. Cut out the circle and glue to the reverse of the hoop to conceal all of the workings, using the Collall textile glue

Step 8: Attach a ribbon bow and hanging loop to complete your project

To see more from Angela, visit her on Instagram @angerellas_crafts

Made by Angela Harkness for The Craft Cotton Company 2020


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