Because my son is visiting now, and won't be home for the holidays, my daughter and I decided we should have Thanksgiving a month early. We pulled it off last Sunday with the works: turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, a few other sides and even two varieties of pumpkin pie. I wish I could have finished this in time because it would have been perfect, but at least I have it ready for Thanksgiving 2.0 next month.
This hoop art was inspired by chalkboard fabric. I didn't actually use it for this, but it's nice to know it's out there. Instead, I decided to make something that mimicked the look without the chalk. Because chalk is messy and I definitely don't have time for that this time of the year. Or any time, really.
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To make this you'll need:
Iron the interfacing to the back of the black fabric. Using the hoop as a guide, decide on the placement for your embroidery. Cut away the areas that overlap and tape the pages together. Make sure there is only one layer of paper in the areas you'll be tracing.
Slide the transfer paper under the design, centered on the fabric. Pin in place.
I planned to trace this using a stylus, but found a pencil leaves better marks so I can see where I've been.
Ordinarily I like to embroider without a hoop, which I know is weird, but it's my preference and it's worked out fine for me so far. However, I thought using one might help keep me from rubbing away the design as I stitched. That turned out to be a good call.
Begin by using a backstitch to stitch the antlers. Starting from the bottom will also help prevent rubbing off the lines.
Outline all of the letters with a backstitch. For the fill, stitch each horizontal line with one stitch. Weave the long vertical stitch over and under each horizontal. Remove from the hoop.
Either paint the hoop or wrap the outer ring with fabric. I cut 2" strips of a fall-flavored fabric and pressed both edges in to the center so there wouldn't be any raw edges showing.
Put the design back into the hoop and cut away some of the excess fabric. Wrap the remaining fabric to the back and glue to the hoop.
You can leave it as is if the back won't be showing, or cut a felt circle and glue it to the back.
I decided to add the felt, but it had a wrinkle. I wasn't even thinking about how hot my iron was, so now it's covered in melted green felt. Awesome. I've tried acetone nail polish remover, baking soda and Goo Gone with no luck. I've made a little progress with a Magic Eraser, but it's slow going so if you have any amazing iron cleaning techniques I'm all ears.
I used 24" of the remaining fabric strip I wrapped the hoop with to make a hanging loop. I folded the ends in 1/4", then folded the strip in half, pressed and stitched.
I'm really happy with the way this turned out, and I didn't have much in the way of Thanksgiving decorations.
Now to decide where to hang it!