Monday, 17 February 2014

Fabric Lyric Embroidery Hoop

Love, Love, Love....embroidery hoop designs at the moment.  Today's post is even simpler than
 the last but adds a bit of colour to my walls and needed no more than a print out of my favourite
 song and a fabric pen to complete.

What I Used:
Heather Bailey Fresh Cut Fabric
Black Fabric Pen
Embroidery Hoop
Lyrics Print

I started with a 10inch-ish off cut of my favourite Heather Bailey fabric which I had been wanting to use but didn't have anything small enough to feel it made the most of the design - this is the perfect project to still show off the colour and pattern.  I also copied and pasted the 'All You Need Is Love' lyrics in to Word, formatted the text, font and size to my preference and printed out:
I chose an embroidery hoop that would allow for as much of the fabric as possible and ironed the material flat [or at least as flat as I could ;) ]:
The lyrics were transferred using the simplest of black fabric pens - easy to use, no thicker than a ball point pen and the ink does not bleed or spread into the cotton:
Placing the lyrics under the cotton fabric, I began tracing/using the text as a guide to start writing the lyrics.  There was no particular order or format the the text, but you could change the composition to be more in the style of verses if you want the words to be read as sung:
[practice on some paper if you are unsure before hand]
...keep writing until the space that will fit in to the embroidery hoop has been filled:
and secure the fabric in place between the two hoops, stretching the fabric taut:
Cut of the excess, trimming as close to the hoops as possible to finish:
...and it is pretty much as simple as that.  Hang on your wall for a bit of simple handmade lovely:
 see you next time x

  • To add a little detail or interest to the fabric, you could either embroider over the text to define it further [change the colours between sentences/verses], or use air-erasable ink and embroider to leave the text defined by the thread.
  • There are a range of fabric pen colours available [I couldn't find any thin-point that I liked], so your text can be just as colourful as your fabric.
  • If you are looking for a 'bolder' design, try painting the text directly on to the fabric.
21/02/14 - Thank you so much to Sadie, over at 'A Life in the English Rain', for posting her embroidery hoop art, inspired by this post.  Do go and check it out, over on her lovely blog.



  1. just love this, and have done it for myself. I am going to blog about it tomorrow with a link to your 'how to'. Thank you for such a glorious (& easy) idea!

    1. Thank you so much Sadie - I can't wait to see your post tomorrow x

  2. I'm a huge hoop art fan and I love this technique you used. Found it on craftgawker. Pinning :)

    1. Thank you so much - would love to see the result if you have a go :)

  3. Hello!

    We are having a Linky Party here I found your music lyric embroidery hoop on craftgawker and think it is adorable! We are choosing 3 of our favorite projects, and those chosen will get $5 in Blitsy credits to spend on our website. Hopefully we see you at our party!

  4. hello,
    love everything you did there with this hoop. The black contrasting with th vibrant springy colors is so pleasing to the eyes. Can I ask what kind of stitching you used here?


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