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« on: March 10, 2013 08:32:01 PM »

Okay, so long story short, I'm very new to embroidery. That really doesn't excuse what happened, because I should have known better regardless, but I'm prefacing this all with that in the vain hope that it will make me look a little less stupid.

Basically what happened is I started out my work planning to work in a 5" hoop. I have a 5" tension hoop, and had started it a little in that, but decided to go get a standard screw-tight hoop (is there some fancy technical name for these?) of the same size so I could finish it and hang it. I had cut my fabric accordingly.

When I went to go get my hoop, all they had was 6" hoops (which actually look a lot better for the design I had planned anyway, because I fail at making a rectangular inspiration picture fit correctly into a circular space) so I got it and finished the embroidery in that. Now, though, I'm wanting to finish the back of the hoop so I can hang it up, and I've only got about a 1/2" of excess fabric at the top and bottom of the hoop (the sides are fine).

Is this going to be too little to nicely finish off? Should I look into gluing the excess fabric onto the hoop rather than sewing a different piece of fabric on the back like I would have liked? Am I just going to have to suck it up and get a smaller hoop?

My apologies for my noobishness on this matter. I really should have cut way more than enough, but I had it in my head "If I cut just enough and no more, I'll have more for later!" and fell into the trap of laziness. This is my first time finishing embroidery to hang in the hoop, too, so I'd really like to be able to make it look nice. Thanks in advance for your advice/help!
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013 07:48:08 AM »

What I normally do in those cases is that I stitch the piece to another piece of fabric. I cut the embroidered piece and then find a corresponding fabric, stitch the piece to the fabric. Something like this.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013 12:09:33 PM »

Ooh, that's a great idea! Thank you so much; this is probably what I'll do!
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013 12:13:07 PM »

Can you sew larger fabric of a similar colour round the edge, like a frame? That would let you make it taut enough in the hoop and be able to finish off the back, without affecting the front.

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