Shhh.. I’m Reading Embroidery Hoop Art

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Funner in the Summer from Thirty Handmade Days Next up for Funner in the Summer–  Bev from Flamingo Toes.  You are in for a treat! Bev has major skills.  Her sewing and embroidery are fabulous.  Bev makes some amazing jewelry too.  And she’s just as nice in person (if not more) as you would think she is.   Make sure to visit her to be inspired!

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

Today I have a fun Summer Embroidery Hoop Art to share with you!

Shhhhh I am Reading Hoop

One of my favorite things about Summer is lazy days with a big stack of books. Ok – that would be one of my favorite days – Summer or not. I’m a bit of a book nerd. But something about reading during the Summer is so fun. You can pick up a book that is all light and fluff and just have fun reading it – because nothing too important has to go on during Summer. (Anybody else singing Summer from Frozen in their heads? Just me? ok.)

Reading Embroidery Hoop

I’ve combined my love of reading with my love of Embroidery in this hoop art – oh and my love of vintage fabrics too. I just love the combination of pretty embroidery and those colorful vintage fabrics. This little Shhhh I’m Reading Hoop Art is a nice quick project that you can do between books – and it will look cute on your wall anytime of year!

Book Lover Hoop Art

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Shhhh I’m Reading Pattern – Free Pattern
  • Background Fabric – using a fabulous vintage sheet is optional but encouraged
  • linen or other solid for book embroidery fabric
  • embroidery floss
  • 8″ hoop
  • fusible webbing
  • hot glue for gluing fabric down on back of hoop
  • disappearing fabric marker

Begin by tracing your stack of books onto your solid fabric and put this fabric into a hoop.

stacked books pattern

Stitch all the books and the frame with a simple back stitch (this is a great starter stitch!). If you need a tutorial you can find basic Embroidery Stitch Tutorials on my blog.

Stacked book Embroidery

Cut a piece of fusible webbing a little bigger than the frame. Fuse this to the back side of the embroidery. Now trim around the frame – about 1/8″ outside the stitching line. Remove the paper backing and fuse the books to your background fabric.

Ironing embroidery to fabric

Trace the “Shhh” ?wording and stitch that onto the background fabric.

Shhh Im reading embroidery

Make sure your fabric in the hoop is nice and tight. Trim the fabric on the back to about 1/2″ – 3/4″. Glue the fabric with a hot glue gun to the inside back of the hoop. And you are done!!

Reading Hoop Art

Isn’t that a cute and quick Summer project? I think I’ll leave this one up year round though.

Reading Embroidery Hoop ARt

I hope you like it!

If you want to check out some of my other hoop patterns – you might like these!

Retro Camper Embroidery Hoop Art with Free Pattern

Bring on the Sunshine Summer Floral Hoop Art

Thanks so much for having me Mique!!


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  2. says

    Hi Mique and Bev – I’m a huge reader and I just LOVE this!!! Visiting from i heart naptime and thanks for sharing – totally pinning! Have a fabulous weekend!