Altered Embroidery Hoop – Vintage Blue

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. Thank you ladies for your lovely comments left on my last post. What I should have said on that post is “It’s for you” is the old fashioned way of saying “Got Text”!!!

I was recently introduced to altered embroidery hoops. Those are fun!! New obsession starting me thinks!

This is one I altered. It wasn’t what I had planned at the beginning so half way through I had to change ideas and try and make things fit but I am happy with it. I used scraps of fabric and kept to four colours of paint so it was an economical project to make.


For the base of hoop I used a scrap piece of curtain lining. I know I have said it before but I find it great for stamping onto. I did coat it with gesso first. When the gesso was wet I pushed some mesh into it which you can see in the top left hand cornerย  and behind the little girl circle above. I stamped the little girl and the script using blue paint and added the circles using a plastic top dipped into some paint.

I stamped and cut out the embellishments and sewed them on to the base fabric. I find this leaves the layers a little bit, I don’t know, bouncier if that makes sense and not so flat. I added a bit of gel medium where necessary afterwards. I did put a bit of cotton wadding behind the little girl piece so it stood out a little. It did make a different. I did make a mistake and put the fabric in the hoop, tightened it up, glued it at the back and then did the sewing. Of course it all stretched and went saggy. Luckily I managed to pull it apart, put the fabric back in and stretched it tight again.

I painted the hoop itself with my fingers and added some paint marks to add a bit more interest.

The wreath is a die cut which I cut three times, glued the pieces together and then painted it.

Crafty Individuals Stamps used:

Imagine Child CI 101 – Had this stamp for years. You can tell by the code number it is an oldy. Love it. Such a beautiful face.
French Script CI 017 – Another old faithful. This stays on my work desk.
Four Postmarks CI 124 – Another oldy but much loved.

The paint colours I used were French Blue, Cream, Brown and White.


Thank you for looking.

Take care,

Flo x


  1. Linda Simpson

    This is stunning Florence, love the layers and textures. I have made quite a few altered embroidery hoops and just love it, they also look good with a couple together too.
    Linda xxx

  2. Alice

    Awwww…. and Ooohhh… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ This vintage embroidery hoop went out really adorable!!!! Love it so very much!!! Great choice of colours and stamps and such fabulous look wirh the cotton wadding behind the girl and the meshes!!!! Any detail you added is just perfect!!! It’s a delightful home decor that anyone would love having!!! Very well done!!!
    Hope to see other inspieations as this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kate Currie

    Hi Flo, what a wonderful idea and it is stunning. beautifully altered with this vintage look, loads of dimension and gorgeous in the blue shades. Lovely little girl image and love the script in the background. Love everything about it, Kate x

  4. soozyb2013

    Great project! Love the colour choice and the little girl stamp!! I do enjoy using all kinds of things to make something pretty from it and this hoop has it all. Love it Flo!

    1. Flo Langley

      Hello Soozy. Lovely to hear from you. Thankyou so much. I think these hoops are going to become an obsession. They make wonderful frames. Great for recycling pieces. Hugs Flo xx

  5. Sandra

    Absolutely exquisite Flo and it reminds me of Bone China. I love the layers and fabrics that you’ve used, It’s just so beautiful x


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