Finishing Cross Stitches in an Embroidery Hoop

20131001-221815.jpgI finished up my piece for the Phat Quarter swap. I’m going to wait until after my partner gets it to show off the front, but I was excited to try out a new way to finish the pieces in an embroidery hoop.

I have only recently started putting my cross stitches in wooden embroidery hoops instead of frames, but I really enjoy how they look. My only problem has been how to finish them on the back, so far I’ve just been trimming the fabric really close to the edge. It works fine and doesn’t look messy, but it does leave the cross stitch exposed so you can see the stitches on the back. I’m not always the most neat with my stitches so I was eager to find a way to mask them.
I came across this tutorial, I liked the idea of using another fabric to mask the stitches and I also liked that I wouldn’t have to sew anything. I grabbed a cute fabric I had and got to work. It went really quickly and I really like the result. I used clothespins around the edges after I glued it to make sure the fabric stayed down and to hold it while it dried.
I definitely think this is going to be my new method when I’m framing in embroidery hoops. I love seeing that pop of fabric on the back too! My swap partner should get their package Thursday, so I’ll be showing off what I made soon!

Leave a Reply