When I do DIY projects, they usually seem to become all long and drawn out. I don’t mean to make them difficult. It’s just in my nature to be detailed and over think everything. It’s a disease, really! But today is different! This embroidery hoop art is easy, I promise!
If you know me, you know I love photography. I kind of half started a photography business before I started blogging. It didn’t really go anywhere, so I kinda quit, but my love for photography never left me. In fact, I think it’s grown since then. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years and really enjoy expressing myself through my photography.
So what better way to honor that passion than a little camera art?!
Like I said, this project is pretty simple.
I started with an embroidery hoop and painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio. Curio acts like a stain when it’s watered down. I used about 1 part Curio to 4 parts water. The nice thing about using milk paint versus stain is that the paint has barely any smell to it and is all natural. So I can use it in the house with the little ones around!
I applied two coats of paint to the outer hoop and one coat to the inner hoop. Really, looking back, I didn’t need to paint the inner hoop at all since you don’t ever see it. Note to self for next time!
After the paint was dry, I applied a coat of hemp oil to the outer hoop. The hemp oil deepens the color of the paint and acts as a sealant. I let the hemp oil dry for several hours (or possibly overnight – I can’t remember!), so that I didn’t get oil all over my fabric.
Next, I found this camera file and printed it out. I taped it to a window and taped an ikea kitchen towel over it. The towel is lightweight, so it will stay up with just a few pieces of tape. I then traced the design, using a ruler for the straight edges. When I was done, I pulled it all off the window and went over the whole design again with a thin marker.
I cut out the design and laid it over the plaid towel (also ikea) to see how it would look. I could still see the plaid behind the design and I didn’t like that look, so I cut out another piece of the white to put behind the design.
Then I placed the plaid towel in the embroidery hoop and tightened it up. I hot glued the cutouts to the plaid fabric to finish it off.
This is my first time attempting embroidery hoop art and I think I’m addicted! It’s so easy to make and the possibilities of creating custom pieces of art are endless!
I’m thinking of hanging this on my blue plank wall in the basement, but I still have some work to do down there before I get to the point of hanging things.
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