• Rhona Norrie

How to make a ribbon wrapped hoop

Finishing your stitching in a hoop is a quick and effective way to display your stitching... but sometimes the plain wood of the hoop isn't quite right. So what can you do? One simple thing to do is to wrap the hoop with ribbon! It's simple, easy, quick, and cheap to do.


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The design shown above is by the wonderful Joan Elliott and can be found in her book 'Cross Stitch Greeting Cards' .


There are as many ribbon colors as there are thread colors (well, almost!) so you are sure to find a ribbon that matches your stitching.



So how do you make a ribbon wrapped hoop? It's easy, just follow the steps below...


What you’ll need to get started




And now the fun part


  • Separate the two parts of the hoop. Lay the inner part to one side, you will be wrapping only the outer part (the one with the screw) with ribbon

  • Place a small amount of glue at the top of the hoop where the metal fixtures are attached to the wood.

  • Begin to wrap the ribbon around the hoop - wrap at an angle so there are no lumps and bumps on the ribbon :) (I don't cut my ribbon until I have completed wrapping the hoop which means I have to put the whole spool through the hoop each time)

  • Continue wrapping until you get to the end of the hoop. Cut the ribbon and secure on the inside of the hoop (so the end can't be seen) with small amount of glue.

  • Leave to dry.



  • Once the glue has dried (and it doesn't take long!) you can put your stitching in the hoop as you would do normally, making sure that the design is centralized and square/level.

  • loop a small length of ribbon through the closed screw to use as a hanger.

  • Add a small bow to the top of your stitch (optional)



  • Tease out the tails of the bow so that they lay flat and in the position you want them to be....a small dab of glue can help!)




Now all you have to do is hang up your stitching and enjoy your hard (or not so hard!) work.


-Rhona