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“During lockdown we have all been using the opportunity to tidy our homes and have been coming across old photos and keepsakes which we may have forgotten all about but with this memory hoop project, why not make a focal point wall by hanging these hoops with each pocket containing those special memories for others to reminisce over when we are able to spend time with our families again, or maybe even give these as a gift to your family and friends showing them what you have been getting up to and creating.” - Tracey Collett
This project uses a standard embroidery hoop, there are many sizes and colours available so plenty of choice to match your project. You will also need 2 pieces of fabric, I used fat quarters from Pinflair Creative Crafts, which coordinated perfectly, but again the fabric can be chosen based on your choice of memorabilia. Lay your fabrics out over the hoop to judge which way round you’d like it, how big of a pocket you would like and also to work out how much fabric you will need. Once you are happy then place the fabrics within your hoop and trim the fabric around the hoop just leaving a small amount all the way around.
The next stage is seal the fabrics from the back of the hoop, I have used Pinflair’s Bookbinding glue which is perfect for this type of project. Focus on the first layer and slowly glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop, work all the way around, pulling the fabric tightly as you go. You can then fix the pocket fabric down using the same method. Bookbinding glue is a quick drying glue and very little is needed for it all to stick, but leaving it for about half an hour will allow for the hoop to dry before we move on to the next stage.
To hide the fabric at the back, we are going to draw around the hoop onto a piece of card stock, cut that out and then using the Bookbinding glue again fix the circle to the back, to make it all neat and tidy. It also means you have somewhere to write any information about what’s inside your pocket later on too.
A fun way to add messages, dates or even quotes to the memory hoop is to use fabric scraps and a set of alphabet stamps. I have used a black fabric ink pad and stamped the letters to create my own message which I have then glued in place on the pocket section, plainer fabrics work best for this idea and work as a contrast against the pattern fabric used on the pocket.
Embellishing your project is again something that can be tailored to match your keepsakes or maybe using up buttons, flowers or ribbons which can coordinate with the project. I have used some flowers, a clock button and a blue sprig and glued them in place, again I have found that bookbinding glue has worked perfectly for this part of the project.
To hang the hoop you will need to choose ribbons or fibres to coordinate with your project, loop them through the top where the hoop tightens, create a loop for hanging and tie tightly. The final piece is going to be your own personal memories whether it be photos, tickets, dried flowers etc which can be slotted inside the pocket.