You all know my hoop art picture of a big red heart that I made for Valentines Day last year. I used it as part of last years mantel display and then I have had it on a shelf in my office all year looking pretty. At the moment it is back on the mantel.
When I made that piece it was an experiment really. I had not made anything like it before, but was inspired by one that Chel from Sweetbriar Dreams had made. Thank you for the inspiration Chel.
As you know I now have a lovely floor standing frame for my tapestry and other needlework so I didn't need the hoop frames that I had anymore and decided that I could use one to make my own hoop art picture. After some trial and error I worked out what I wanted to do and hey presto, my lovely heart was born!
Many of you have said how much you admire the piece that I made and that got me thinking about making some more. Of course I needed to get some more frames and had to decide what I wanted to actually make. More hearts, or something else.
I found some wonderful frames that are actually plastic, there is an inner ring which you place the fabric over and then you stretch the outer rubbery ring - which is a terrible description! - over the fabric and inner ring and it just magically pulls the fabric taut and into place. They are very clever.
The other advantage of these hangers is that they are a lovely wood grain effect, are very soft so they will not scratch or damage anything, and they come with a lovely antique brass effect hanger. I was so pleased with this find.
Then of course I had to decide what to make. I decided on two different hearts, one very similar to my original with red buttons to make a solid heart, and one with an outline of little white buttons. Both on the same Liberty Inspired floral fabric backing as I used for mine.
On a different theme, I also decided to make a couple that were suitable for Easter. Both are made using some lovely pastel buttons. One sewn onto a white fabric and the other a pale pink gingham effect.
All of the buttons are handsewn on. Some of you asked in the past if I glued them. I imagine that you could if you had the right sort of glue etc, but I don't think it would look as pretty and I think sewing them on gives a much nicer finish.
I also wanted the backs to be as lovely as the front, so I cut the excess fabric to a circle shape and ran a running stitch around to gather it all in and keep it flat. Then I handsewed a piece of cream felt to the back to make everything tidy and also to protect any surface that the picture hangs against.
I now have four lovely finished pictures! I am so happy with them, they are just the right size and are even better than my original.
If you are interested in owning one, they are listed for sale in my Etsy shop which you can find here. If you would like one yourself, but in a different design, colour etc, e-mail me and we can discuss your requirements and I can make you a custom picture.
I should really pack these away for safekeeping until they are purchased, but for today they are going to sit on my desk so that I can admire them while I work on a pattern design, a tutorial for tomorrow and the garlands for the Five On Friday giveaway - which you still have time to enter!
Thank you for loving these pictures, you have inspired me to do more and get better at making them and I do love that!