|I decided to use one of these frames to mount the reversible Little Owl from the Classic Embroidery pattern.
These hoops are available as circular and oval shapes which are much harder to find in traditional frames. I have heard that larger frames are less suitable for embroideries but the 5 inch circular frame I used was ideal and the fabric could be stretched until taut.
If using the frame to hang on a wall, the reverse could be laced, but I wanted to hang it so both sides could be seen.
The problem was in finishing off the edges. I could have just cut them but since there is no glass to protect the fabric, over time it could get dusty and require washing. There's always the option of zigzaging the edges with a sewing machine which would be fine for straight edges but a bit more difficult in a circle.
Once I had the embroidery centered in the frame, I did a row of running stitch close to the edge on the unwanted fabric. Then I removed the fabric from the flexihoop and put it in a larger embroidery frame to work buttonhole stitch inside the line using Pearl cotton no.8 926 cream.
With the embroidery back in the flexihoop in its original position, I trimmed the excess fabric as close as I could to the buttonhole stitch using my new hardanger scissors and now it's hanging at a window.
|by Anne Peden on Fri, 04 Sep 2015, 08:46|