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DIY: Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging

I’m here today with a super simple tutorial, it’s so simple I’m a little worried that I’m insulting people’s intelligence by explaining how to do it… but these embroidery hoop wall hangings are so cute, that I had to share the pretty.

I found these pictures on one of my daily (who am I kidding, hourly) Pinterest browses, and they inspired me to have a go at my own seeing as they looked really easy.

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Itty bitty birdy home sweet home embroidery hoop wall art

 

So, on with the tutorial! (I apologise for the quality of the images, they got gradually better as I changed the light and settings around…)

You will need:

  • An embroidery hoop
  • Fabric (must fit the hoop)
  • Scissors
  • Cotton
  • Needle

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Split your embroidery hoop and trap your fabric in between the two sides. Tighten the screw on top and pull the fabric so it is tight in the hoop.

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Cut the excess fabric so you have roughly an inch all the way around.

 

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Start a running stitch on the excess fabric and pull the thread as you go, so that it gathers.

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Continue your running stitch all the way around pulling the thread as you go. When you get all the way around tie and cut the thread. I then cut off any extra fabric.

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And you are done! Turn it over and admire your work! You can do them as big or as little as your hoops and fabric allow, and get as creative as your imagination lets you.

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I hope you enjoyed this little DIY, and your intelligence wasn’t too insulted.

‘Til the next time!

sig laura

 

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How to do a Gibson Tuck

Hello!

Wow, I’m on a roll blog wise! Today I’m showing you how I wear the hair bows I sell in my Etsy shop. I’m always looking for new ways to do my hair, I get so bored so easily with it that I have to have different styles to stop me doing something drastic! My favourite at the minute is this Gibson Tuck with a hair bow over the top.

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I feel it’s a very classic hairstyle and would be perfect for a wedding. It looks quite complicated but it’s so quick and easy to do it’s great for everyday and those days where you can’t be bothered to fight against your hair.

I learned how to do it from this video by Lilith Moon, who makes it super easy to follow.

Hair bows like the one in my hair are available at my Etsy shop here.

 

sig laura

 

What I learned from my first (official) craft market experience

Wow, long title!

But it sums up this post pretty well, this is what I learned from my first official market experience. I say official because I did a market at Christmas at the local primary school before I decided I wanted to make this into a business. It turned out to be a bit of a fluke in that I sold loads of stuff and made quite a bit of money. Maybe that’s how all Christmas markets work, but it’s definitely not the case with them all!

I’ve been building up a collection of items to sell for quite a while, trying to make a lot of a few things rather than getting distracted by new shiny projects and only having 10 of 20 different products! I finally got around to booking a craft market a few weeks ago; I wanted to start small so that I’d know what to expect without being overwhelmed by the experience.

I’m really glad I decided to do it that way; I learned so much, and made mistakes which I can rectify before I move on to bigger markets. These are a few of the things I found out, I hope they help some of you!

First of all, a paste table is not suitable for piling lots of heavy crafts on! I completely overlooked the fact that I would need a table; so our old paste table had to make do as a last minute stand-in and while it did the job, it bowed in the middle and it didn’t look very professional. The next market I’m doing is supplying tables, but I’ll definitely invest in a plastic table for next time!

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Secondly, levels! Although I did stack up some items, and use some alternative display ideas, it wasn’t enough. After some thorough pinterest-ing and google imaging (technical!) I’ve found some good ideas using washing lines and boxes, and I’m going to have a run through next week to see if it all works.

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Finally, packaging. I never even considered packaging, thinking my products alone were enough. But I realised as I wandered around that I was drawn to the items with pretty packaging; not only did they look more professional, they just looked better. So this time, now I’ve got all my stock, I’m focusing on displays and packaging.

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Hopefully I’ll feel more confident in my business and my stock at the next fair with all these adjustments. I’ll definitely let you know!

 


Take care,

sig