*Clean, dry, plastic container of appropriate diameter (smaller is stronger).
*Sharp Utility knife
Step 1: The Cuts
*top-down for safety and accuracy
*leave about 1/2 an inch for stability
use scissors to cut off the rim of the container, slightly less than half an inch.
*scissors instead of utility knife here, avoid accidental slices to the fingers
Step 2: Using the Hoop
place fabric, right-side-down onto hoop in desired position
lay container piece (spring) over fabric, pull fabric taught. this is where a buddy comes in handy!
use fingers to press spring securely into hoop.
***do not snip the spring! it seems like a better idea than forcing the in-tact spring into the fabric-filled hoop, but it eliminates all possibility of retaining good tension and will try its best to wreck your day!*****
begin your needlecraft! *use a sharp sharp needle so as to not battle the tension of your fabric. the hoops you buy in the stores or inherit from grandma are far more sturdy! this is a quick fix for embellishing small bits of fabric and should be taken just as seriously ;)
Step 3: Stitching Sample!
the hoop held strong all through my thread tugging and needle poking :)