Friday, November 23, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath

It is the day after Thanksgiving --which in the retail world and in the crafting world is synonymous with getting ready for Christmas.   If you happen to be at home today, instead of fighting the crowds at the stores, check this one out!  Our talented design team member Mae Armstrong came up with her very own embroidery hoop Christmas wreath. As always, she puts a lot of time and care into her work and has taken the time to share it step by step with us today! 

Mae started by using the biggest embroidery hoop she could find at Michael's.  (Don't forget your Michael's coupon!) 

 Trim the size of the base fabric. For this wreath Mae selected natural burlap as her main canvas.  

Insert the burlap and attach the outer hoop. Tighten the screw and secure. Gently stretch the burlap making sure it's nice and flat. Set aside.


Mae also wanted a black initial and she found that felt was the best option. Using her Silhouette SD, she selected a decorative font and trimmed the letter. She used freezer paper and ironed it using a low setting onto the felt to serve as her pattern.  She then cut the felt and glue the letter onto the center of the stretched burlap.


Mae chose to decorate her wreath with stamped wooden discs mounted on a fabric pinwheel. She used the PSA Essentials peel and stick TreeO stamp set.

Using her Big Shot, Mae selected a circle die to help her with her fabric pinwheel production. It was a truly a great way of cutting all the fabrics she needed.  You'll need five circles to complete one pinwheel.  (And she made a lot of pinwheels!) 

To assemble the pinwheel start by folding the circle in half.

Then fold into a cone shape making sure the edges meet. Secure with glue and begin with the rest of the of the remaining pre-cut fabric.

Mae made a whopping 14 pinwheels for this wreath as she wanted cover the entire hoop. That means this project required 70 circles to complete the wreath.  Since she knew she was going to re-use it again she didn't mind the time of putting it together.  (This woman is amazing!)

Arrange the folded pieces to make a circle. Glue the stamped wooden disc.

Line the edge of the hoop with the fabric pinwheels and spread them out. Secure each pinwheel with glue.

And voila!  Didn't it turn out beautifully!?