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Embroidery Hoop Finishing for Cross Stitch

Here is my recent embroidery hoop finishing for cross stitch. I used the latest free pattern that you can download below this post.

Bee kind to the bees cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

It is the same flower from my other freebie that I used for a scissor fob. I have put it in a new pattern for the Bee Kind To The Bees embroidery hoop finish.

The hoop size for the Bee design is 3 inch. (7.62cm)

I have put together a tutorial below to show how I prepared and finished the design on the left into a hoop. The Winnie The Pooh design is a 4 inch hoop but it is the same instructions no matter the size.

Here is the back of the smaller Bee Kind to the Bees, finished with felt and blanket stitch around the edge for a neat finish.

Bee kind to the bees cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Embroidery Hoop Finishing For Cross Stitch

Materials required

3 inch embroidery hoop for the Bee Kind to the Bees pattern.

4 inch hoop for the Winnie the Pooh Design

Small piece of felt about 4 inch square

Strong thread for threading at the back

DMC thread matching the colour of the felt

Good strong needle

Scissors

Iron on interfacing

Tracing a hoop circle onto felt fabric.

Take the larger hoop with the screw attached and trace the inside circle onto felt fabric. You need to do this step before putting the hoop together.

You will need this later for finishing.

Preparing a cross stitch finish using a hoop and embroidery.Tutorial included.

You will need your design completed and the hoop.

Ironing interfacing to the back of embroidery fabric.Tutorial included.

Iron the lightweight interfacing to the back of the design.

Putting the hoop together

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Place the inside hoop underneath the fabric and the larger hoop at the top.

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Centre the layers together as shown and press the hoops together, pull the fabric taught.

Turn the screw to make the fabric drum tight.

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

The back should look like this, the hoop is tightly in the fabric.

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Cut around the edge leaving about half an inch to three quarters of

an inch to allow for gathering in the next step.

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Your hoop should now look like this.

Preparing the back

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

I used this strong thread but you can use the dmc thread that you used for the stitching.

Thread a strong needle and measure thread that is long enough to go around the circle with an additional few inches to spare. Stitch a straight stitch all around the circle.

Cross stitch finish into an embroidery hoop.Tutorial included.

Pull the thread to gather the fabric, keep it as tight as possible and stitch a few stitches together to secure the edges.

Prepare another long piece of thread that is long enough to thread back and forth across the hoop to pull all the edges together. Finish with a few secure stitches into the fabric and cut the thread.

Finishing touches

This is the time you need the felt that you cut out earlier.

Place it onto the back of the hoop on top of the fabric.

Threading a needle and attaching felt to the back of an embroidery hoop.

Take the needle and thread with three strands out of the six strands of DMC embroidery thread. Tie a knot in the end. Insert your needle into the cross stitch fabric (not shown here) and then insert the needle through the felt fabric from the front.

Threading a needle and attaching felt to the back of an embroidery hoop.

Insert the needle again and come out to the right of the stitch, this secures that first part of the blanket stitch in place to keep it straight.

Threading a needle and attaching felt to the back of an embroidery hoop.

Blanket stitch around the edge of an embroidery hoop.

When going into the fabric just insert the needle slightly lower than the previous stitch, once you pull it taught you will see it will line up with the previous stitch.

Blanket stitch around the edge of an embroidery hoop.

Ensure you have the fabric in the correct place on the hoop as you stitch.

Blanket stitch around the edge of an embroidery hoop.

Try not to rush your stitches, take your time.

When you have finished all the stitches , complete a few slip stitches at the side where they cannot be seen. Cut the thread close to the last stitch.

The tutorial is shown using a 4 inch hoop with pink felt fabric. The smaller 3 inch pink finish is shown below.

There you have it, a simple finish for your cross stitching. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, leave a comment below and let me know if you are going to try this.

Please let me know if there are any other tutorials you would like to see here.

The colour pattern is available below to download. I made a mistake with the black and white pattern but if you really would like the pattern in black and white please message me.

Until next time, happy stitching!

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