Hoop Art Wall

Embroidery hoop art wall

One of the most frustrating things about renting for me is not being able to paint or wallpaper the walls. I long to have patterned wallpaper and colourful feature walls in our house and I am always trying to come up with new ideas to make the walls more interesting.

After winning the lovely Emma Nicol’s instagram giveaway recently for a custom couple’s portrait, I wanted to find somewhere special to hang the amazing portrait Emma created for us and I had the idea of installing an embroidery hoop art wall above our bed to fill up the big blank space.

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This is another project I have had pinned on my home decor board on Pinterest for a long time after seeing a similar hoop art wall and I am so pleased with how my version looks. It has given our bedroom a lot more colour and really adds to the mismatched homespun look. It makes me smile every time I walk up the stairs and catch sight of it through the bedroom door!

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To create the wall, I bought a big batch of embroidery hoops (you can find lots of bulk listings on ebay) and painted them a mix of pretty pastel colours.

Painted embroidery hoops

I then raided my fabric stash and started filling up the hoops with material, cutting out a piece slightly larger than the size of the hoop and then carefully framing it. For some of the thinner fabrics I also added a plain piece of white cotton behind the fabric to make it less see through. I used a running stitch to gather in the excess material at the back and tied a small piece of twine through the fastening at the top of the hoop to hang it by. Next I drove myself slightly mad trying to plan a layout with a good distribution of size, pattern and colour, before giving up and just piecing it together as I went along! I used stick on hooks by 3M to hang the hoops on the wall as they can be removed with no damage to the paint (a renter’s dream!).

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One of the upsides of this project is that I was able to use up some of my fabric stash and I’m pleased that snippets of a few of the lovely prints and patterns I have been hoarding are finally getting to see the light of day. I also used quite a few sentimental fabrics like material from Michael’s wedding shirt and from the bunting which decorated our reception venue, which adds a thoughtful touch. Of course I still took this as an opportunity to buy yet more fabric to add a few new patterns into the mix, and I scoured Etsy to track down some small quilting pieces of Liberty fabric I have been coveting but couldn’t quite afford to purchase by the metre, like the Alice in Wonderland Gallymoggers print and the fun Forget-me-nots print.

At the moment, there is a mix of some hoops which I have embroidered and others which are just plain fabric. As there are over 30 hoops altogether the idea is that over time I will stitch up the hoops so it will become more of a gallery, but there are some fabrics I might just leave plain to showcase the prints.

Here are some of the hoops I have stitched up so far:

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  • This is inspired by one of my favourite photos from our wedding of our shoes. I traced the outline of the picture to create a simple line drawing then used this to cut out pieces of fabric to appliqué onto the base fabric in the hoop. This is my favourite hoop so far!
  • I actually made this embroidery of our initials carved into a tree last year to go in a woodland themed room we had in our old house, but with a fresh coat of paint on the hoop to add a pastel twist it fits in perfectly with the new hoop art wall.

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  • The “Be Nice” hoop is a gorgeous DIY kit I bought from the lovely Ruth of The Make Arcade to take away on holiday with me. It still needs a little more work (some satin stitching on the polka dots) but I couldn’t wait to put it up as I love the design, it is super pretty and gives a daily reminder to be kind to the world and to myself!
  • This is a quick and simple hoop I stitched up using a Sublime Stitching pattern to commemorate Michael’s success in our recent mini golf tournament on holiday. We take mini golf very seriously in our family!

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  • Michael is a huge fan of Peanuts so I stitched up this cutesy Snoopy cross stitch one rainy afternoon for him. I am trying to incorporate a few hoops to reflect Michael’s hobbies and interests above his side of the bed.
  • The rose cross stitch was a free kit with Mollie Makes a couple of years ago, and I have happy memories of working on this while we stayed in a vintage caravan in Lincolnshire for a relaxing holiday in the summer of 2013.

I am hoping to share a blog round up every few weeks of the hoops I have been working on. Next up on my list are a record player and something Lego inspired for Michael, and a hot air balloon.

Lucy x

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