Have you ever wanted to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop, rather than a traditional frame? It’s becoming really popular recently, and it’s actually easier than you think to do yourself. The video below will take you step by step through the steps to frame cross stitch projects! The materials you’ll need are:
- stitched project
- embroidery hoop
- piece of felt bigger than the hoop (any colour)
- thread matching the colour of the stitched fabric
- thread for the blanket stitch on the back (can be a contrasting colour of floss)
- embroidery needle (or any sharp needle)
How to frame cross stitch
- Stitch your piece and make sure your hoop is big enough for it. To stitch the free Blackwork Heart shown in the video (or any of the other free patterns), click here to access the pattern. The hoop in the video is a 4″ diameter hoop (and the pattern was stitched on 14 count Aida fabric).
- Make sure your stitching is washed. To learn the easiest method to wash your piece (and find out why you should do it), click here.
- Trace the outside edge of the inner hoop on felt, and cut out with scissors. You can also do another piece using the inner edge if you want to put it against the stitching directly to line it.
- Place the stitching in the hoop, get it taut and centered exactly how you want it.
- Trim the excess fabric on the back (around an inch from the edge of the hoop).
- Using floss the same colour as the fabric, anchor your thread and either stitch in a circle using running stitch around the excess fabric, or stitch it back and forth like a corset as shown in the video.
- Once the excess fabric is gathered, anchor the floss you’ll use for the blanket stitch (can be a contrasting colour). Place your felt circle onto the back of the hoop, and start stitching around the hoop. Make sure your stitches are evenly spaced and similar lengths, and keep your stitches coming out as close to the edge of the hoop as possible.
- When you’ve gone all the way around, anchor your floss by tying a small knot around the intersection of the first stitch, and run your floss into the back of the fabric and through the felt to hide the end. Pull taut, and snip the end of the thread so the end disappears into the back of the hoop.
- Use a pretty ribbon or hook to hang your hoop from.
- Make sure your piece is centered perfectly and very taut before starting to stitch the felt backing on
- Keep an inch or more of fabric around the edge of the hoop to ensure the fabric doesn’t fray
- Have fun! Use contrasting threads and felt colours for a fun surprise on the back!