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How to Hide the Messy Back of Your Hooped Embroidery

How to Hide the Messy Back of a Hooped Embroidery Piece - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I’ve never worried too much about hiding the back of my embroidery when I frame it in a hoop. There’s a part of me that kind of likes leaving all the “ugly” visible to anyone who’s curious enough to flip it over and take a look. 🙂

But I understand wanting to cover up the mess (especially if you’re making something like a little hooped Christmas tree ornament) and I get a LOT of questions about how to do it.

This technique is really just a simple adaptation of my How to Frame Embroidery in a Hoop (Without Glue!) video. You can watch that here.

And when I say simple adaptation – I mean simple. As in – simply add an extra piece of fabric to cover the back.

Here it is in just a few easy steps. . .

How to Hide the Messy Back of Your Hooped Embroidery - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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  1. Carrie SAYS...

    That’s an awesome idea! Thanks!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Happy to share! 🙂

  2. Jean Burke SAYS...

    So simple and so cute!! Thanks for sharing. And it’s a pop of surprising color for those who look!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      You know I love adding a pop of color whenever possible. 🙂

  3. This is great! I tried gluing fabric on the back of my last hoop art piece this would’ve been much easier and quicker! 😮

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I have a very bad track record with glue. Seriously. No matter what I do I manage to get it on the front of my piece. 😛 That’s what led to me coming up with this other method.

  4. Lacey SAYS...

    Wendi, perfect timing on this article! I just bought a little hoop today to do an ornament in and I was thinking about how to finish it! Thanks so much! (I, too, love the pop of color and plan to do the same thing!)

    • I keep meaning to design a little hoop-framed ornament pattern and I run out of time every year. Maybe this will be the year I get to it! 🙂

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