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« on: October 30, 2009 08:57:04 AM »

Just a short question that I can't seem to find a solid answer on: How do you mount a finished piece of stitching in an embroidery hoop, ready to hang on a wall (for example, like this & this where it's all clean around the edges, and covered at the back as well)?
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2009 05:18:48 PM »

Great question... I have wondered the same myself... No one ever posts photos of the reverse side of the completed ones like these... I hope someone does here!  Again... great question...
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009 07:46:21 AM »

This is a good question. I hope someone answers it. I would think you would just pull it really tight and then glue felt to the back but I'm not sure.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2009 10:19:33 PM »

I have kept some of my embroidery in the hoop to hang on the wall, and I don't really do anything to it.  If you cut the fabric as close as you can to the hoop its not even visible.  I don't worry much about the back because it faces the wall.  If you want the back to look neat, I would suggest maybe putting a thin piece of white (or any color I guess) cloth in with the embroidered one and trimming them both.  I love those examples you posted!  Did you stitch those?
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2009 02:45:36 PM »

With some trial and error, I found a pretty great way to do this! The short story is: you cut the fabric kind of short, do a running stitch around the edge and cinch it tight... then sew a piece of felt on the back to cover it.

I have tried just cutting it close, but I always worry that it's going to come out. Then I tried glue all the way around but I didn't like the way it looked. I also tried just the cinching without covering it up but that seemed sloppy. Finally, my sister gave me something I had made in an embroidery hoop for my grandma when I was 10. We had hot glued felt onto the back to cover it up! Glue seemed messy, though, and while I was thinking about all this, crafty_dame posted a piece she made that was sort of a fabric sculpture in an embroidery hoop on her blog where she used the exact method of finishing that I was thinking of! I would post the link here, but it's minorly NSFW.  Undecided

I tried it on a piece I made for a swap earlier this month and it worked like a charm. I will try and post some pics in completed projects so you can see. I think I remembered to take a pic of the back!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2009 02:49:22 PM »

Go ahead and post the link-it's okay, just make sure we know it's NSFW Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2009 03:24:27 PM »

Alrighty! Here's the link to crafty_dame's blog post where she shows the finishing method I'm talking about:

THIS LINK IS NSFW: http://craftydame.blogspot.com/2009/11/needlework-vulva-no-really.html

And in case you want to see just the back, this photo is safe, but other stuff in her photostream may not be: http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftydame/4051907968/sizes/l/
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2010 08:57:06 PM »

Gosh, I wish I had read this about two weeks ago... I did a project for my dad and painted the embroidery hoop to frame it in but since I wasn't sure how to set it in there very nicely I just glued the edges to the back inside of the hoop... That did NOT work well since a bit of the glue soaked into the fabric on the front, although not terrible it was not as nice as it could've been. But at least now I know for next time! Thanks guys Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2010 06:22:10 PM »

I came across this post in my search to the answer to this question too!

http://www.purlbee.com/swatch-portraits/
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010 11:18:30 PM »

There are already some great ways to do this already posted but I thought I'd share mine. I make and sell a lot of embroideries right in hoops for hanging, and so far glueing the excess down in an organized manner works well. If you trim the fabric really close to the hoop, it could possibly fray or if its a wooden, the hoop could even warp over time in the wrong conditions, both causing the canvas to loosen. I just trim to about a quarter of an inch, and glue it down to the inside of the inner hoop in pleats. Here is a pic of the first backing I did this way. I finished it by glueing on my tag. It was an experiment and the fabric was a thick canvas so it's pretty sloppy. Most proper embroidery fabrics won't have so much heft to stick up as much.

 I don't have any pictures of my recent ones, they look a lot cleaner than that one but you get the idea  Wink
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