Embroidery Hoop Crafts

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I got super into embroidery for about 2 weeks. Just long enough to collect a ton of hoops in different sizes, but not long enough to actually use them for their intended purpose. I just love knitting too much, it’s kind of my go-to when I need to keep my hands busy. Lucky for me, there have been a ton of craft projects popping up that use embroidery hoops in creative ways, so I can still feel like I’m getting use out of my huge collection without starting an embroidery project.

Painted Snowman Hoop Art

Painted Snowman Hoop Art

Though it’s a simple enough concept, I love the idea of using embroidery hoops as frames. They’re easy to hang, and have a cute rustic charm to them. This tutorial is perfect for the season and I love that it uses a sheer fabric.

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Uses for Embroidery Floss

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I love making friendship bracelets. In the eighth grade I once spent two weeks of my summer making friendship bracelets for everyone I knew. With my love for friendship bracelets come a love for embroidery floss. Though embroidery floss is prefect to use with friendship bracelets and of course, embroidery, this cheap craft supplies has come in as a recent craft trend lately for all of the different uses it can have. Here are a few of the crafts I found and now want to try that use embroidery thread in uncommon ways.

Hollow String Eggs - Think Crafts

Hollow Craft Eggs Think Crafts 

Though it’s far from Easter I still love the look of these hollow eggs. With different colors you could make these crafts relevant year round. As shown in the post, they would make excellent placeholders for summer dinners.

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Embroidery Hoop Memo Board

DIY a memo board from an embroidery hoop and string. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I”ll admit it, I’m a hoarder. I can’t bear to part with any piece of paper that has even the smallest amount of sentimental attachment. When I was a teenager, I covered an entire wall with cork to hold everything from movie ticket stubs to photos. While the cork board wall is now gone, I still have a box of its remains just waiting to be proudly displayed again. This embroidery hoop memo board lets me share my memories in a much more attractive way.

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Featured Crafter: Lauren of Funky Monkey Embroidery


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Lauren is an active mom to two little ones (ages 17 months and 2 months) as well as a loving wife to her Army-man husband. She started crafting as a new mom and has enjoyed learning different ways to make and create things for her little ones! When she’s not sewing or designing, she spend her “free” time running, cooking, and picking up the never ending stream of toys that decorate every room in the house!

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My unique baby gifts and children’s clothing will add a funky flare to any child’s life. Baby items are wonderful as baby shower gifts or gifts for a new mother.

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Book Review: Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Machine Embroidery in 6 Lessons

Do you have an interest in machine embroidery but haven’t a clue how to get started? This is the book you need to get your custom machine stitching underway. The book starts from one of the hardest parts– finding the right machine. It goes through, step by step each feature that embroidery machines have, and how you can benefit from them. As you add features, the price goes up, so you can learn what features the machine you can afford has. From there, learn about the basic supplies that you will need to get to stitching. This way, you can leave the craft store confident that you’ve gotten everything you need.

After you’ve learned about the tools you need, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons takes you through the step-by-step process of designing, placing, and stitching your pattern. It quickly becomes obvious that each lesson in the book is crucial to making your machine embroidery the way you want. Each tip and trick will save you a lot of heartache and issues in the future. There is even a lesson on how to properly hoop your fabric so that the design ends up exactly where you want it! It comes with industry standards for placement of embroidery, and tips for making sure your hard work ends up looking fabulous.

One of my favorite things about this book is the 12 point checklist written in the back. It’s a perfect reference tool for machine embroiderers,  no matter how experienced you are. Instead of flipping through the book every time, you’ll only have to look at one page and know that you’re completing every step. The book also comes with handy machine embroidery tools including an angle finder, centering ruler, target ruler, and target stickers. The book teaches you how to use each and what they do.

If you’re even considering learning to machine embroider, take a look at Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons. Stop by on tomorrow for your chance to win an autographed copy!

Embroidery Floss Storage

By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I’m not an embroiderer. Sure I pick up the odd assortment of embroidery floss now and again to add some pizzazz to knee patches or little boy ties, but on the whole, I don’t get around to a whole lot of embroidery. Which means that I don’t have a very good way of storing the thread. Instead, I tend to toss the leftovers from projects in with my ribbon and by the time I need it again, it’s such an unholy mess that I usually have to toss it out and buy more. My kids are seriously into friendship bracelets this summer and that means that, once again, I’ve had to go out and stock up on embroidery thread, but this time, I’m prepared for the onslaught of little colorful bundles of string. I’ve got clothespins. This method of storing embroidery thread is so simple and useful, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Open the clothespin and then close it with the end of the thread on the inner part of the top, near (but not in) the smallest holes.

2. Start winding. Wrap the entire length of thread around the clothespin, keeping the thread between the spring and the large hole.

3. When you have reached the end, tug it through the end of the clothespin toward the larger hole. You can open the pin slightly iff necessary but you should be able to pull the string into place without opening the pin in most cases. The pin will hold the end in place until needed. When you want a section of thread simple pull it out from the end of the pin and unwind the length you need before refastening the new end!

Free Stuff Friday Winner!

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday. Now let’s see who is getting an extra gift this year! Congratulations to… Connie Kline! Enjoy your Lauren Embroidery Scissors from Gingher!

Gingher 4 inch Lauren Designer Series Embroidery Scissors cut through thread with ease. Perfect size for sewing basket. The scissors feature a white with blue lattice design, and come in a gift box with a sheath to protect the blades.

The winning answer to “What kind of holiday shopper are you: Black Friday? Christmas Eve? Yearlong hoarder?” is…

”I am a year long good intentions shopper who actually ends the year in a panic of last minute shopping.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!

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