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« on: February 02, 2017 08:29:22 AM »


So many of the best and most fun things I do would never come to be without this lovely website full of incredible people. Those who share their ideas and techniques, others who give so much time thinking up and organizing swaps, the participants who are so incredibly generous with their talent and skill... There is not a lot I do online but I check in here nearly every single day. There's nothing like this place anywhere else that I've ever discovered. Unique and amazing. Love you guys <3.

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Sheepblue's stumpwork tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441007.0
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Pottermouth's binding a hoop tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450157.0

I made this for EdelC in the I Love Valentine's Day swap organized by lindyv321.


First I tacked a wire heart shape down like in Sheepblue's stumpwork tutorial but I put it on the reverse side. Then I cut the centre of the heart shape, folded the edges over the wire (folded over to the back side of the fabric) and stitched into place with the sort of stitches Sheepblue shows for making petals. The wire helps keep the shape stable, especially the top point which would otherwise be just hanging there in space and probably curl under and look bad instead of lovely.


It's a little cut out window so you can see the paper insert with "love" written on it. That's a circle of scrap-booking paper pasted to card stock sitting against the back of the inner hoop then held in place with the backing fabric so it won't shift.

There are lots of tutorials here on stamp carving, this is where I learned how to do it. Also tutes for making a perfect circle of fabric to back a hoopla, this is certainly where I learned how to do that. And how to cover the hoop in binding and use piping trim to make it look extra special, that's Pottermouth's tutorial.



I added a little ring of ribbon for hanging and to cover the screwy closure bit. It's tucked between the 2 circles of wood but also stitched into place and a key hot glued to the front for interest.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2017 08:35:06 AM »

Holy macaroni! This is absolutely stunning.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017 08:38:22 AM »

ooooo! I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2017 09:34:00 AM »

Lucky Edel! That is absolutely amazing. And I very much like how you explained what you did, where you learned it and how it was all put together.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2017 09:43:04 AM »

This is fantastic and I was super curious how you did it!! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2017 09:56:41 AM »

Thanks so much! I was totally spoiled by Edel in that swap so am doubly glad she liked the hoop.
It would never have been possible or even thought of by me without the awesome tutorials posted here. This is my go-to place for how to make just about everything Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2017 10:50:22 AM »

This is absolutely amazing! You did a wonderful job. I love the layering effect and the way the stitching is concentrated then fades out. Great work <3
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2017 11:03:26 AM »

Lucky Edel! That is absolutely amazing. And I very much like how you explained what you did, where you learned it and how it was all put together.

Agree!

As always, your are a fabric MAGICIAN, craftylittlemonkey!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017 11:36:59 AM »

Fantastic piece!
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2017 01:00:55 PM »

this is gorgeous!

I like the ribbon and key covered the hoop closure.
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