Hand Embroidery Techniques: Binding Your Embroidery Hoop | Heidi Sternberg | Skillshare

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Hand Embroidery Techniques: Binding Your Embroidery Hoop

teacher avatar Heidi Sternberg, Contemporary Hand Embroidery

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      What You'll Need


    • 3.

      What To Consider Before Binding


    • 4.

      Binding Your Hoop


    • 5.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

This is a short hand embroidery technique class to help you bind your embroidery hoop.

Binding your hoop will make it easier for you to keep your embroidery fabric in place and reduce having to tighten the fabric constantly. There are a couple of other reasons why you might want to bind your hoop and I will cover this in class.

In this class I will talk you through the materials you'll need and also show you how to use fabric remnants you might already at home to bind your hoop.

I will also cover some points you need to consider before you start binding your hoop and then demonstrate the actual binding of the hoop

Throughout the class, I will give you tips that will help you to get the best result.

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread below the class video.

This class is the first in a series of short technique classes. If you have ever wondered how to tackle a certain embroidery technique or tool do let me know in the discussion thread and I will aim to create a short class or incorporate into one of my future embroidery classes.

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Heidi Sternberg

Contemporary Hand Embroidery


I'm Heidi — a designer maker and hand embroiderer. 

Introduced by my mum and grandmother, both accomplished embroiderers, I was lucky to experience, train and practice many different craft forms over the years. 


The craft form I always return to is hand embroidery.

Being creative and creating with your hands does wonders to your soul. I use my embroidery and crafting time to think and reflect. Stitching allows me to step into another world for a little while — leaving the stresses of daily life behind. I love to feel the fabric under my fingers and watch my design grow, stitch by stitch. And my wish for you is to experience this too!


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1. Intro: This is a short class to show you how to bind the embroidery hoop. But why do you want to bind you embroidery? Hope you might ask, the main reason for binding your embroidery hold is to keep your fabric taught when stitching and therefore avoid or at least reduce having to tighten your fabric once that Ching, especially sinner or slippery fabrics such as the cotton satin or sick, loses its tension quickly while stitching, requiring you to retype new fabric regularly. Also, some embroidery hoops can have rough or even uneven edges that might damage your fabric, especially a few stitch or more delicate fabric. So binding you hoop helps protect your embroidery fabric. Lastly, binding your embroidery hoop can edit degenerative edge to U embroidery if you're planning to use, you're finally piece as a wall hanging. In this class, I will briefly cover what tools and materials you need, things to consider before you start binding. And then finally take you through a demonstration of binding the embroidery hoop. So let's dive in and start with the materials you need. 2. What You'll Need: There are only a few things you need to bind you embroidery hoop. You will obviously need you embroidery hoop. Secondly, you will need some material to bind you embroidery hoop with. For the binding you can use cotton tape, ribbon, bias binding, or even strips of fabric. I will talk in more detail about what material to use in the next lesson. It makes it easier to bind your hoop when you can secure the beginning of your material to the hoop. For this purpose, you can use some double-sided tape, some fabric glue or PVA. You need some needle and thread to secure the end of your material. Once you have finished binding the hoop, Last but not least, you will need some scissors to cut your threat ribbon or material. In the next lesson, I will cover some points that you need to consider before starting to bind your hoop. 3. What To Consider Before Binding : Both embroidery hoops and textiles can and do vary from one to the next. I therefore would like to take a moment to talk you through some pointers that you need to take into account before you start binding your hoop. Most often, it is sufficient to only bind 1.5 of the embroidery hoop. You always want to bind the bottom half or the base unit of the hoop, as this is a part of the fabric sits on. If you find that your fabric still loses tension a lot, you might want to consider binding both sides. Also, if you want to use a binding as decoration, I would also suggest to bind both parts of the hoop. If you compare the fixtures of these two embroidery hoops, you can see that they have different length. If you have a Huike was a shorter screw, you might not be able to use very thick material for the binding or even bind both parts of the hoop. As you might find it difficult to screw the hoop tight once you add your embroidery fabric aspiring, especially if you are embroidering on thicker fabric, such as denim or failed, as we're binding a fairly thin hoop. The material we use to bind ideally should have some flexibility and should not be too wide to make it easier to bind and to avoid creasing and book, I would recommend a width of 1.5 to two centimeters or half to one inch. If you're using cotton tape or Ribbon, pull the tape really tied around the hoop. Be aware that you might have some creasing, as written, is not very flexible and you can buy bias binding, which is flexible, an idea for binding your hoop. Strips of woven fabric remnants such as Calico or thin cotton, such as cotton known are also very good to use. If you're using woven fabric, you want to cut or tear your fabric in one of two ways. To get the best results, we first need to have a quick look at the fabric rain. The fabric rain is the direction of the two types of threat. A piece of woven fabric is made up of. The warped threat, is the threat that runs lengthwise and parallel to the fabric, savage or edges of a fabric. This is called the lengthwise or straight grain. Wolf threat is a stationary threat on the loom and forms a strong main support of the fabric. As a result, the straight grain is not very stretchy. The weft thread wi's over and under across a warp threads. And their direction the weft thread travels is therefore called the cross grain. Because the weft thread is Reuven, that's a little more stretch on the cross grain. The biggest stretch can be found on the so-called bias. The bias runs at 45 degrees of the straight grain. Let me quickly demonstrate to you. Here we can see the savage on this piece of fabric. This means our straight grain runs this way. If I try stretching the straight grain, there's very little GIF. When we pool the cross grain, which is the direction the weft thread runs. You can see this mortgage. When I pulled the fabric on the bias. You can see that gives the most stretch. For the purpose of binding the hoop, you either want to cut your fabric on the bias or cross grain. Unless you use sturdy fabric such as colored cool, we're just better cut on the bias. The cross grain is perfectly fine for binding the hoop. And more economic than cutting fabric on the bias, I would hear strips from the cross grain. Let's bind the embroidery hoop. 4. Binding Your Hoop: I will start the project was tearing my fabric strips. As a reminder, I'm tearing strips of about two centimeters or one inch. You can tear or cut the strips. It's really up to you. If you tear your fabric strips, you might have to give them a little press before binding your hoop as a torn edges might slightly. And you want to avoid, boy, OK. Once tune, I roll up my fabric strips before I start binding. As it makes it a little bit easier to handle the strip spiral binding. In this demonstration, I will use quite a few steps as my piece of fabric remnant is not very wide. This is absolutely fine. And I'll show you shortly how to dere was adding new strips to your home while binding. Using remnants is actually a great way to use up old fabric. While optional, I would suggest to use either some double-sided tape, fabric glue or PVA to secure the beginning of your fabric strip into place. Today, I'm going to use a little bit of glue. I just need to put a tiny amount at the end here, as it is only thought to hold the fabric and place when you start binding your hoop. And it just makes life a little bit easier. Then I take my cotton strip and press and against the hoop. Just like this. And then I can start binding the whole. You want to make sure that you bind the hoop and a slight angle so that you progressively cover your hoop. Try to avoid any gaps and continuously keep a little tension on your fabric strip to avoid an increasing. While you're binding the hoop. Keep moving the hoop along your hand. Makes sure your occasionally check the hook to make sure you don't have any big creases and that the fabric, it's tight. When you start a new strip of fabric, just put the new strip on top of the old one. Wine the fabric around once, and then continue on your way. The first couple of rounds can be a little bit tricky. So if you like, use a tiny bit of glue to secure your strip and plays. But I will just hold my strip and stat. So you can decide what's easier for you. You might have a long enough strip to wind your who vec1 length of fabric. But if you don't just continue adding strips as I just described and demonstrate it, and then continue winding, you hope, until you come to the end of your poop. Now that we are coming to the end, you will have two possibilities to secure your fabric strip. Again, you could just use a little bit of glue. However, as here, pulling off your embroidery project from the hoop, the ends are quite heavily used, so I prefer to put a few stitches to secure the end. So let's do this now. First of all, you need to fold over the end of your fabric, just like so. I've already prepared my needle and thread and put a little naught at the end. So you pull your thread through and then you can hide. The end of your threat was not just under knees your, the end of your fabric just like this. And then you just start stitching at the end here. Just make sure that you stitch through the layers of fabric underneath. And then through the end of your fabric strip. For five stitches should be fine to secure your fabric. To finish stitch a couple of loops at the end here, which were creates a couple of knots to secure your threat. Then poet a threat underneath the fabric, come up at the other side. Then you can just cut off your threat. There you go. You have found your embroidery hoop. I will see you shortly for some final thoughts. 5. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for taking the short class. I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you have any questions, please post them in the discussion thread below this video. Also, if there are other short tutorial classes you would like to see, do let me know in the Discussion tab below. And I can add further Short classes and create a series for you. Finally, if you have any feedback, do let me know so that I can incorporate any suggestions in future classes. Thanks again for watching, and I hope I'll see you soon again.