Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hoop Art

You all know my hoop art picture of a big red heart that I made for Valentines Day last year.  I used it as part of last years mantel display and then I have had it on a shelf in my office all year looking pretty.  At the moment it is back on the mantel.

When I made that piece it was an experiment really.  I had not made anything like it before, but was inspired by one that Chel from Sweetbriar Dreams had made.  Thank you for the inspiration Chel.

As you know I now have a lovely floor standing frame for my tapestry and other needlework so I didn't need the hoop frames that I had anymore and decided that I could use one to make my own hoop art picture.  After some trial and error I worked out what I wanted to do and hey presto, my lovely heart was born!

Many of you have said how much you admire the piece that I made and that got me thinking about making some more.   Of course I needed to get some more frames and had to decide what I wanted to actually make.  More hearts, or something else.

I found some wonderful frames that are actually plastic, there is an inner ring which you place the fabric over and then you stretch the outer rubbery ring - which is a terrible description! - over the fabric and inner ring and it just magically pulls the fabric taut and into place.  They are very clever.

The other advantage of these hangers is that they are a lovely wood grain effect, are very soft so they will not scratch or damage anything, and they come with a lovely antique brass effect hanger.  I was so pleased with this find.

Then of course I had to decide what to make.  I decided on two different hearts, one very similar to my original with red buttons to make a solid heart, and one with an outline of little white buttons.  Both on the same Liberty Inspired floral fabric backing as I used for mine.



On a different theme, I also decided to make a couple that were suitable for Easter.  Both are made using some lovely pastel buttons.  One sewn onto a white fabric and the other a pale pink gingham effect.



All of the buttons are handsewn on.  Some of you asked in the past if I glued them.  I imagine that you could if you had the right sort of glue etc, but I don't think it would look as pretty and I think sewing them on gives a much nicer finish.

I also wanted the backs to be as lovely as the front, so I cut the excess fabric to a circle shape and ran a running stitch around to gather it all in and keep it flat.  Then I handsewed a piece of cream felt to the back to make everything tidy and also to protect any surface that the picture hangs against.




I now have four lovely finished pictures!  I am so happy with them, they are just the right size and are even better than my original.

If you are interested in owning one, they are listed for sale in my Etsy shop which you can find here.  If you would like one yourself, but in a different design, colour etc, e-mail me and we can discuss your requirements and I can make you a custom picture.



I should really pack these away for safekeeping until they are purchased, but for today they are going to sit on my desk so that I can admire them while I work on a pattern design, a tutorial for tomorrow and the garlands for the Five On Friday giveaway - which you still have time to enter!

Thank you for loving these pictures, you have inspired me to do more and get better at making them and I do love that!

Amy

46 comments:

  1. They are darling and I really like that you completed the back so nicely.

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  2. Hi Amy! Oh, my! These are just darling. I've seen hearts before but never Easter eggs! You're very clever my friend. But...I adore those wooden hoops. I've never seen any like that before, are they vintage? Oh,you're just the smartest little one. Hope your week is going well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you Shelia! No, the hoops aren't vintage, they are new, but they give that look don't they which is what I wanted. Hope your week is going well too! xx

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  3. Oh, Amy, they are all so beautiful! <3
    The pastel ones for Easter are my favourites.
    Thank you for this inspiring post! xx

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  4. Such a great idea; they look beautiful and I bet they are fyn to make! Love from Mirjam.

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  5. Well done Amy! These are such pretty bits of button love :) The buttons in the Easter eggs all look so vintage and sweet. You made such a neat and tidy finish on the backs of these. They'll be gobbled up in no time!
    Wendy x

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  6. LOVE the Easter egg themed ones amy! they are adorable in those pastel buttons!

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  7. These are wonderful! I especially like the Easter hoops. You have an abundance of patience to be able to sew on all those buttons.

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  8. Such lovely hoop art. Taking the time to sew on the buttons adds to the quality of the finished product.

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  9. Those are adorable! What a great idea for a huge button stash.

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  10. Those turned out great. You can't go wrong with hearts and buttons.
    xx Beca

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  11. I think they are really lovely and the attention to detail you've shown really makes them special. The felt on the back and the neatness of your sewing makes it look really professional. I bet if I had a go it would look like something my 4 year old had made. Possibly while asleep lol :-p

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  12. Beautiful and the back is so neat too. You put my attempts at backing my stitchings to shame. xx

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  13. Those are lovely. I really like the Easter egg idea. X

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  14. They look great, I like the care you have taken with the backs too. The hoops are fantastic, they look really good with the wood finish and hanger.

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  15. Hi Amy, I have lots of small buttons which you are welcome to have for your hoop art creations. If you are interested, please let me know and I will send them to you - no charge.

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  16. They look super - and you have made an excellent job of finishing them on the back - it's the little details that make the difference when you are selling your designs.

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  17. Your hoop art is so pretty Amy. I recently went hunting for some small hoops for a stitching project and they were hard to find.

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  18. You are really hitting your creative stride now Amy. Love your button art, you might even have inspired me to have a rummage through my button box!

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  19. They are really very pretty
    Clare x

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  20. Lovely pastel shades. Hope they are soon snapped up. x

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  21. They are beautiful Amy and so nicely finished too :) xx

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  22. Hoops are cute! I am not sure I can sew on that many buttons so I applaud you, Amy!

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  23. They look fab, Amy. Well done! :o)

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  24. Darling for sure - and so perfect for the seasons and holidays. Now you need to make a wreath - or wreaths - for all seasons.

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  25. They are all just volley Amy. You should be very proud, the sewing adds a great texture that gluing would not. I love that you finished the backs too.
    Well done,
    Meredith

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  26. Adorable! I'm sure you won't even need to pack them away before they're snapped up. :)

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  27. What beautiful work Amy, I love the way you finished them off.

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  28. Very pretty! I love that you sew the buttons on, not just glue them. I also like how you finished the back of the hoop.

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  29. Great looking hoop art. Very creative. Have a good week.
    We're having bad storms tonight. Tornados in Louisiana, Mississppi, and Florida already and headed to us in Alabama.

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  30. Those are so cute! I can see you wanting to look at them a while longer before selling them. If I make something I enjoy, I like to look at it too and it inspires me to start creating something else. Great job!

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  31. These are so sweet, Amy! Love the little heart buttons - such a special little touch <3 xx K

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  32. Hoop Art - what a great concept, and well-named Amy. They are so pretty, fresh and modern as well as charming. I am sure they'll be gone in a flash! xx

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  33. The hoops are wonderful Amy and I like them all - so pretty:)

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  34. Lovely creations! Projects with buttons are always so cute!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  35. I just LOVE these Amy! So pretty and perfect for this time of year. ;)

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  36. Very pretty, Amy - I like the hearts especially. The Easter ones are very springlike too. Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Cathy x

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  37. You did a great job, they're so pretty. And your stitching is so neat!

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  38. What a brilliant idea and so pretty. xx

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  39. These are lovely Amy. I particularly like the white heart one. Joan Jepson

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