6 six inch wooden embroidery hoops
1 wooden plaque approximate size 6 1/4 inches radius
Small paint brush
Hinge and Screws
DMC Pearle Cotton
White Craft Glue
Spray Adhesive Craft Glue
Disassemble all the hoops and remove the stitckers from each piece. Lightly sand all the pieces and any tacky residue left over from the stickers.
Put on rubber gloves.
Get your wood stain.
Get your old sock and stain all the wood pieces.
**HINT: protect your work surface with an old newspaper!
Once all are stained; let dry.
Get your wood glue (I use this brand):
And using a paint brush run a line of glue along the edge of the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop.
Start building your box as such:
Once you have a stack of five inner hoops built. Line the bottom hoop edge with glue and press firmly onto the wooden plaque.
Then paint a line of glue around the inside edge as shown (glue dries clear and becomes invisible). Set aside to dry overnight under some very heavy books so that all edges make contact while drying.
The next day, when the "box" is dry, take the outer hoops and load those onto the inner hoop box. Tighten screws.
Mounting the Lid
Take an inner hoop and use as a template to draw a circle (inside of hoop) onto mat board. Cut out. Spray with adhesive craft glue. Mount cotton batting on top, trim.
Do the same thing for the outer hoop (the one with the screw) except using as a template trace the outside of the hoop onto mat board. Cut out. Spray with adhesive craft glue. Mount cotton battng on top, trim.
Mount the smaller circle with the complimentary fabric. Set aside.
Mount the larger circle with your stitched piece. Set aside.
Attach the outer hoop to the inner hoop, run a line of glue around the edge and mount the stitched piece mounting on top. Place under a heavy book or two and let dry.
Take your hinge and mount onto the back of the "box" directly across from the screws on the topmost hoop.
HINT: how I did this was held my hinge in place made two small pencil marks where the screws were to go, drilled a small way into the hoop where the pencil marks were - just enough so that the screw would have a start. Put a dab of glue on the hoop by the screw holes. Held the hinge in place and screwed in the screws. The glue will go down into the hoop wood as you are screwing and will give added support.
Once the top mounted lid peice is dry, using a glue gun run a line of glue around the inside edge of the hoop right up next to your mounted/glued stitched piece. Place the coordinating material circle inside. Press firmly. This will be the inside of your "lid".
Lay the "lid" on top, aligning the finger screws in the front, lay the hinge up against the "lid" make your pencil marks, drill the beginning, lay a dab of glue, screw in the screws.
You are done and now have a most beautifully perfect:
The Stitcher's Companion Embroidery Hoop Box
Note: I made a circular pincushion for my needles to be housed inside my box as seen above.