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« on: August 21, 2012 07:14:35 PM »

This is not me telling you how to do it! Sorry!

I needed a 7inch embroidery hoop for a swap but in my small town I had very very little choice! The only one I could get was a plastic one and its blue! Its not a bad blue, but it doesn't go with the embroidery and fabric I did. So now I'm sitting here staring at it trying to figure out how to color it. Paint it? Wrap it? I don't know! What will work! (its kinda like those fake wood looking ones, it rolls onto the white inner hoop.)

I'm afraid to try painting it. I don't want it to come off on the fabric. I don't know if wrapping it in ribbon will work because of the way it rolls onto the inner hoop. I even thought about modge podging. But I just don't know what will work, stick to it and look good! Ugh.

Any suggestions? Anything you've tried that worked??

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012 02:32:34 AM »

When you say it rolls on, does that mean there is no screw at the top to loosen or tighten it like with the wooden hoops?  If you can adjust the tightness, then I have wrapped mine in ribbon and glued the ends, as well as modpodged tissue paper on for texture and colour.  If it just slips on, that makes it a bit harder.

« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012 11:03:21 AM »

No screw at top! Its very similar to those fake wood ones and the outer ring is a bit rubbery and rolls onto the inner hoop.

I'm tempted to try spray painting but don't know if its a good idea or not!

« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012 04:08:51 PM »

It sounds like a tension embroidery hoop. (Like this one http://www.joann.com/darice-spring-tension-hoop-5/prd12000/). I don't think spray paint will stick to that. I like the ribbon wrapping idea though. Sorry, I'm not much help.
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2012 07:01:06 PM »

no, its more like this kind:

But just a color and not faux woodgrain

« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012 08:00:46 AM »

I think wrapping with ribbon might work, unless the outer hoop is concave on the inside (I can't tell from that picture). It's made to accommodate fabric, so adding some ribbon in there shouldn't hurt... as long as you choose a thin ribbon, wrap tightly, and don't overlap too much. My worry with the ribbon is that it might slip. I've only added ribbon to wood hoops, where the grain of the wood keeps the ribbon from sliding around.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012 10:39:30 AM »

I think wrapping it is the best option. I think the paint would definitely come off, especially since it's plastic.

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2012 12:26:33 AM »

I've been thinking about this on and off for a little bit and had a wild idea.

If you find some of that heat shrink tube in a comparable (slightly larger) size and a tolerable color, maybe you could make a slit in the back of it, get it on the frame, mount your piece, and then use a hair drier to shrink it.  A hair drier should work on the heat shrink, as it is very thin, but shouldn't hurt your piece.  I wouldn't advise a heat gun unless you are SUPER careful. 


Paint isn't going to stay, unless you painted it after you mounted the fabric.  Even then, it's dubious since there isn't much that will stick to a flexable and fairly smooth plastic. 

I think the idea of wrapping it with something is most likely for the best.

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012 11:28:26 AM »

washi tape! or colored duct tape... or even electrical tape! i found this posting the other day and i love the striped look http://summerdaystudio.typepad.com/blog/2012/08/show-your-embroidery-hoop-stripes.html

i think any sort of tape would work.. good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2012 01:31:58 PM »

Where do people get this washi tape I keep hearing about? (Probably because I live in such a small town, I've just never seen it in stores!)

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