I’m in the holiday spirit! I found a few 3-inch embroidery hoops at Michaels a few weeks ago and was inspired to create a couple Christmas tree ornaments. I then became obsessed — driving around from DC to Maryland to Virginia, and back again; from Michaels to Jo Ann’s, and back to Michaels, searching for more and more and more 3-inch hoops. I first sketched a few designs and ultimately landed on the one shown below. Then I transfered the designs freehand, using the original sketch as a guide, so each pieces ends up being unique (I’m not a copy machine!). To get the lines of the snowflake just right — you want to make sure the angle is perfect — I use an Omnigrid ruler. These rulers are my best friends. With marks for 45, 30, and 60-degree angles, they’ll give you perfectly spaced lines every time. It’s a beautiful thing. For these 6-point snowflakes, I used the 60-degree angle marks.
I thought I’d share some of the process and results for some inspiration of your own! You can also find these in my Etsy shop.
As I inched closer to finishing the piece, I felt like something was missing. It was the embroidery hoop — it was boring. Lots of just “blah”. I had to stain it. One quick trip to Home Depot to pink up some paint stain fixed the problem (the color used below is called Carrington). I loved how it turned out. The wood stain gave it an earthy and rustic touch that I like to carry through much of my work. And now, for some shots of the final product(s)!