Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

Have you ever seen an idea on Pinterest and immediately fall in love? That's how I felt when I saw this embroidery hoop collage from Trisha Brink Designs. We got a new TV stand (an old dresser that I haven't redone yet) and I've been trying to come up with an unique wall art design to go behind it. Sure, embroidery hoop collages aren't new-- there are amazing fabric embroidery hoop collages from Sew-In Love and even family portrait embroidery hoops from My So Called Crafty Life-- but they. are. incredible.

I love embroidery hoop collages for three reasons:

1. They're cheap.

2. They cover a lot of wall space.

3. They make a huge impact.

So, let's do this thing! This is what I started out with (sorry for the awful iPhone picture that was taken at night):

 

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

I love my project for fall, but it was just too small compared to the TV and dresser.
(PS- Don't judge our old TV, okay?)

What You Will Need:

1. Embroidery hoops. I had a hoard collection from garage sales and thrift stores, so I simply pulled mine out of my craft stash.

2. Fabric. I purchased three different fabrics-- red burlap, black burlap, and a nice teal/aqua fabric. I bought a yard of each fabric and had plenty left over. I chose those three colors to tie in all of the furniture and accessories in the living room (I'll have to do pictures of the full room another day).

3. Scissors

4. Nails and a hammer to hang up the hoops.

How To Do It:

1. I started out by begging my mom to help me while she was in town. Then, we arranged the embroidery hoops on the floor to see how they would look best.

2. Once we had them arranged how we wanted, we hung them up on the wall. Are they perfect? Definitely not, but they're still awesome.

3. After we hung them up, I let them hang there for a few days. To be honest, I got cold feet. So, I did what any normal crafter does and I did a mock up on PicMonkey. I did this by taking a photo of the empty embroidery hoops, uploading the photo to PicMonkey, and then putting colored circles in each empty hoop. I loved doing this because I could play around with the color placement before cutting (and possibly wasting) my fabric. This is how it looked:

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

4. With the mock up, I had the confidence to start cutting my fabric. I cut and placed the fabric in each hoop, and then cut off any excess.

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage


5. Then, I hung the hoops back on the wall and voila! Happy heart!

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage

Like every project that I complete, it made me think of another project... possibly painting the kitchen?

DIY Wall Art: An Embroidery Hoop Collage
It's not like "Ugh! The kitchen is green!" or anything, but I think it would look even better if the living room, fireplace area, and dining room were cohesive.

The biggest question of all: what color should I paint the kitchen!?

Just when I think I'm ahead of the game, there's always another project to do, right?

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