I’m so excited with my embroidery that I’ve decided to use them in my gallery walls in my office. I mean, I work on these things for tens of hours and normally shove them in a drawer and, though I love the embroidering, I hate to see these things essentially go to waste. In fact, after some time I eventually go on a purge and throw them away. How sad!
So I decided that I should use them to decorate my walls. I think living with a successfully producing artist has really helped me with my confidence in the stuff that I make. I feel like the quality of my work is going up with increasing confidence. In the past I’d hit publish and cringe waiting for nasty comments that, most of the time, never came. But now I’m proud of my work and if I’m not, I don’t share it.
You see my home is awash in lots of lovely art. Some of which we are purchasing, some Rob already had as he started a collection young and some that my Rob has painted but not yet sold. And seeing his art on our walls makes so much sense. They are lovely and they deserve to be seen, even if just by us. So what makes my work so different? Granted I’m not making masterpieces but I still make some dang cute stuff!
But when I tried to find pretty embroidery hoops they were often overseas which meant expensive shipping. Womp, womp. And when I bought a lot off of ebay for a bit less (but not THAT much less) it turned out that they were packed very poorly and almost all of them broke. Another womp, womp. So I decided to do what I do best and DIY up this business!
For this project you will need:
- Washi tape
- Wood embroidery hoop
- Embroidered piece (I used the Sea Captain from the Cozy Blue shop on Etsy)
- Very sharp razor blade or craft knife
Here is my finished piece. Isn’t he cute?! Rob helped me with the colors a bit and I’m really happy, especially with that variegated floss beard!
Snag a wooden embroidery hoop in the correct size.
And simply begin wrapping your washi tape around the hoop, pressing down as you go. Now, one side will be kind of wonky because you can’t get the tape perfectly flush, but that can be the backside that rests on the wall so no worries.
Be sure to cover the metal bits at the top near the screw and place your piece back inside making sure it is well centered and nice and tight inside.
Use a razor blade to trim away the excess material from the back and you’re set!
You now have a very lovely frame/wall art embroidery hoop that looks fab from all angles!
P.S. I got this roll of washi tape from my copy of Washi Tape Crafts, which, I just so happen to have a little project inside of if you want to pick up a copy :)
I am honestly truly amazed at how much a little bit of pretty tape can do to make me fall in LOVE with my new embroidered piece of wall art. Simple, inexpensive and quick and my hard work isn’t sitting in the bottom of a drawer… huzzah!