But I don’t have a good explanation- the ideas just keep coming!
So here we are again, a new year, a new project, with an old friend- the embroidery hoop! One of my blogging friends, Distressed Donna Down Home, graciously sent me a box full of hoops that she had collected and thrifted over the years. And while I used her hoops for this project, they really are plentiful at thrift stores. I also think that the vintage hoops that you find at thrift stores are of SUCH better quality than new ones from craft stores.
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DIY Spooky Silhouettes
For this project, I needed to paint the hoops black. So I wrapped the tightening screw on the outside hoop of each pair with painter’s tape, and spray-painted them black.
But not just any black…SPARKLY BLACK!
Now- a bit of truth. I had originally planned on using thrifted lace (curtains, tablecloths, etc.) dyed purple as the “canvas” for this project. So, I bought some pieces of a lace from Goodwill…dunked them in RIT-brand purple dye…and they came out pink. Since the bits of lace didn’t have a tag, I have no idea what kind of fiber they were…but whatever they were made of, they weren’t taking on color very well.
So, I scrapped the lace idea.
I then decided to hunt for something in lavender at the thrift store- but when I perused the linens, I came away empty-handed. While I had resigned myself to another trip at another time, I strolled past the children’s clothing department…and saw a pretty little dress. It was on clearance because the previous owner had been a very messy eater and spaghetti sauce had done a number on the top portion.
BUT. The gossamer skirt layer was in pretty good shape. So I decided to grab it and go.
And no lie, but Cottonball really took a liking to the dress. First he laid on it…then he burrowed under it…and with a little help from me, he eventually wore it.
Isn’t he a nut? But such a tolerant nut.
Anyway, back to the project- after trimming off the shimmery top layer of the skirt, I inserted pieces of the shimmery fabric into each painted embroidery hoop.
I went on Google and found some printable Halloween silhouettes. I printed them as close to size as I could guesstimate (based on my hoops) and gathered up some black felt. Then, I simply cut out the silhouettes and pinned them to the felt.
The Spooky Reveal
I cut out my felt silhouettes, attached them to the shimmery hoops with fabric glue, and trimmed off the excess lavender fabric. Ta-da!
Super simple but they’ll be perfect to hang in our bay window throughout October! After having my pretty scarf suncatchers there all summer long, I was ready for a seasonal change.
See? Embroidery hoops and Halloween really do go hand in hand!