Finish your hoop: Method 2

Ready for a quick and easy method for finishing the back of a hoop? 

I've already shared one method to back a hoop, here; but this second method is actually my favourite. This is a method I devised one day when I was in a hurry, and discovered that not only is it quick, and easy, and practically non-goofable, it looks amazing too! It's now my go-to method. I've created a tutorial in pictures, in order to share it with you! 

1. Start with your finished embroidery. You'll also need a piece of fabric to add as backing. I'm using linen, but you could use cotton or another fabric that will fray - not felt. If you're unsure, put a piece of the fabric you're thinking of using into a hoop, trim it as I explain, and test-fray it before proceeding with your finished work.

Take your finished piece out of the hoop (2) and lay it face-down (3); then put your backing piece on top (4). With me so far? 

Now, put your finished piece into the hoop again, keeping the backing fabric in place (5). You're essentially sandwiching the backside of your stitching. Make sure your image is centred, then tug/tighten/even the fabric as you normally would. Now take your scissors and trim the excess fabric all around the hoop (6); you'll likely be left with a bit sticking up (7) so take your smaller scissors and do a second round of trimming, as close to the hoop as you can get (8).

You'll still have a tiny bit of raw fabric edges showing (9), so the next step is to take your finger and rub it over this raw edge (10), applying some pressure so that the edges fray (11). This will create some loose ends, so take your small scissors and trim again (12). From here, you can decide if you're happy with how it looks; you can repeat the fray-and-trim step a few times until you're satisfied.

And voila... the easiest, quickest, best-looking method I know - so you can get your hoops tidy and presentable in no time at all. And, no needle pokes or glue gun burns are required. Enjoy! 

What do you think - would you try my method? Let me know if you do! 


Stacey, not a stupid question at all! :)
As long as you make sure your fabric is good and tight and taut and your hoop is as snug as can be BEFORE you trim the excess, the fabric shouldn’t sag. I’ve done many hoops this way and it has never been a problem. It does mean that if you ever take the finished piece out of the hoop you won’t have as many options because the fabric will have been trimmed.
If you were dealing with a very special piece, I would recommend Method One because it leaves more room for error/future flexibility. Otherwise the quicker method is great and gives good results if done well. Does that make sense? Thanks so much for your comment!

I’m still a little new to embroidery, so please forgive me if my question is stupid :P How does this finish hold up over time? I’ve heard one of the problems with cutting your fabric so close to the hoop is that you can’t adjust for sagging in the fabric. If I don’t really have to worry about adjusting then I would much rather do this!

Going to do this from now on! So simple and it looks great! Thank you for sharing

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