There are many ways to finish the back of your hoop, making it ready for display. Everyone has their favorite, but mine is to back my hoops with felt. I like knowing that not only is my embroidery back secure and won’t accidentally get snagged on something, but also that the felt protects the wall a bit.
Here is how I do it:
- Trim your embroidered fabric so that there is about 1/2” – 1” allowance sticking out around the edge of the hoop.
- Using the inside of the hoop to trace, cut out 1 or 2 circles of felt that are the same size as the inside of your hoop.
- (Optional) If you have light fabric, I like to take felt circle #1 and simply place it inside the back of the hoop up against the back of the embroidered fabric. This helps to reduce transparency that may occur with light fabric.
- Tuck all of if your embroidered fabric allowance towards the backside of the hoop. Take felt circle #2 and place on top of that tucked fabric.
- Then take a threaded needle and stitch a running stitch all around the perimeter of the hoop, securing the felt to the embroidered fabric. Once you have completed the circle, tie a knot in the thread. This will leave you with a nice, clean backing.