Picture of Embroidery hoop picture frame!
I recently got all these great pictures of my family and I wanted to do something nice with them. Simply framing them wasn't going to do it!

This is a really easy and attractive way to mount pictures. I love the look of embroidery hoops, and you can customize the "frame" embroidery any way you like. Plus, using embroidery to frame the picture is a really nice way to remember my grandmother. She was a sewing superstar!

I'm going to be giving this to my mom pretty late since I won't make it home until the end of the month, and the surprise will probably be blown since she has an ibles account. Oh well. Hope you like it, mom! :D

Step 1: What you'll need!

Picture of What you'll need!

  • Copies of photographs. I scanned in the originals and printed out duplicates on glossy photo paper. I recommend 4x6 or 5x7 for this project so that you can easily fit them into an embroidery hoop!
  • Fabric glue - I use Fabri-tac because it's my favorite and dries very quickly!
  • 7-10 inch embroidery hoops. You can do wood or plastic. I chose wood because I don't know that my mother will enjoy day-glo colors on her wall. ;)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needles
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Air soluble marking pen and/or transfer sheets and/or iron on transfers
  • Fabric to embroider on - because this is a very lightweight project, cotton quilting fabric will be fine. I chose white.
  • Iron & ironing board
  • scrap jar, as pictured below. I use an old mason jar. You'll be making a mess otherwise. :)

Step 2: Step one - ready the pictures and iron the fabric!

Picture of Step one - ready the pictures and iron the fabric!
My pictures were oddly cropped during scanning and required some cutting to make them look nice. I did this with an exacto knife and a clear quilting ruler. :)

You can also cut the pictures into various shapes - ovals and circles would look quite nice, I think!

Iron the fabric and get it as smooth as possible. This will help you pull it nice and taut in the embroidery hoop!
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
msjamiep2 years ago
I love this embroidery hoop wall art!! It looks amazing. I hope you don't mind I've featured it in my embroidery hoop wall art round-up hub which you can see here:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work here!
jorta4 years ago
Great question, Goodhart, but I think that is one of the best reasons a copy of the original is used. If the copy becomes faded while in the frame, it can be replaced with a new one and the old stitch pattern can be followed around the edges. I had been wondering what to do with a lot of my own family pictures and this is a real winner! Thanks jessyratfink!
Goodhart5 years ago
Very nice. Is there any way to keep the pictures from fading (because of exposure to the air & sunlight directly)?
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
I'll probably be coating it with a sealer, something like this:

I couldn't find any when I went to Joann Fabrics the other day, so I need to try somewhere else. I also used stuff like that when I was still painting and it always worked for me. :)
Hey Jessy, just for kicks n grins I searched my area for it.....I only found one place that carried it here: Hancock Fabrics I'd never even ever heard of the place, but it is just down the road a piece *shrug*.

Online, I found much better prices then the $7.29 list BUT postage and handling may chew up that savings.

I found fthese using the FIND
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Oh! I have one of those right next to where I work. I'll have to stop by after work Monday and see if they have it! :D
Cool ! I hope they do :-)
Browncoat5 years ago
Good idea!
jessyratfink (author)  Browncoat5 years ago
Thanks! :)
Doctor What5 years ago
Those are amazing! I never thought to use embroidery loops like that before!
jessyratfink (author)  Doctor What5 years ago
I'd seen people put pretty fabrics in them and display them, but I couldn't find anything like this. I thought about doing it with iron-on transfers, but those always turn out pretty crappy. :P