One of my favorite simple joys is drinking hot tea. I love dropping a wonderful mix of spices or herbs into the hot water, watching the color swirl out from the sachet, holding the warm mug between my palms, smelling the aroma, feeling the warmth spread out through my chest as I take a sip… These little escapes from a busy day inspired me to create a series of embroidery craft kits featuring an assortment of teas, which are now available in my shop.
Relaxing with a hot cuppa and a creative project is always a fun way to relax and it’s the main reason I created these embroidery craft kits. I love to see people slow down with an outlet that brings them joy and refuels them, especially when life gets crazy and we need a break!
Whether you are new to embroidery or an experienced stitcher, I wanted to offer some some fun projects you can do with your embroidery craft kits once you’ve finished your stitching. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing ideas featuring the new tea-themed kits. I hope they inspire you to try something new and create something beautiful for your home.
Think outside the hoop
Finished embroidery projects can be fun to display in a hoop, but they also look great framed. Today I’ll be walking you through a simple way to frame one of the finished tea kits.
- 8x8 inch frame (I chose a shadowbox style)
- NuCor Self-Adhesive 9"x12" Mounting Board or other thin peel-and-stick foam core
- Cutting mat
- Exacto knife
- Metal ruler
- Masking Tape
- Finished tea embroidery craft kit of your choice
For this project, I purchased my frame and mounting board at a Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores®, but most craft stores probably carry these supplies. Alternatively you can find these on Amazon, but they may be cheaper at a craft store.
Step 1 - Iron your project
To prep my fabric for framing, I first ironed it to get out any wrinkles from the embroidery hoop. Should your fabric need ironing, turn it over so that you are ironing the reverse of the fabric and stitches. A medium heat setting with steam is recommended for this linen-cotton blend.
Step 2 - Cut your mounting board to size
I decided I wanted to frame my finished embroidery in a shadowbox style frame so the stitches would not press against the glass. The depth of the frame is about 1.5” so can also sit nicely on a shelf, which is how I planned to display my project.
(Note: You can also use a regular frame, but may want to consider adding a mat to allow the embroidery some breathing room. In this case, choose a larger frame, such as a 10”x10” with an 8”x8” opening in the mat for the embroidery.)
The NuCor self-adhesive mounting board I purchased came in a 9”x12” size. I like this board because it’s acid-free, thin and slightly tacky so the fabric won’t shift on it too easily. However it was too large for the 8”x8” frame as is, so I had to trim it down to size. If you can’t find this self-adhesive mounting board, another type of rigid board will do. I recommend something acid free if you can find it, and a depth of no more than ⅛” so it can fit into the back of the frame.
I popped off the back of my frame to use as a template for the mounting board and traced the edges with a pencil. Then using my cutting board, exacto knife and metal ruler, I removed the excess.
Step 3 - Position and secure your fabric
Once you have your mounting board cut, flip over your ironed embroidery project so the wrong side is facing up. Peel off the backing from your mounting board and with the adhesive facing down toward the wrong side of the fabric, center your board on your embroidery. Lastly, flip the board and fabric over and smooth out any wrinkles as needed. The adhesive is just tacky enough that you can adjust the fabric.
To secure your fabric in place, turn the board over and fold the extra fabric over each edge. I used a length of masking tape to hold the loose edges in place, with an extra piece in the corners as I folded them over.
Step 4 - Put your embroidery art in the frame
Finally I gently pushed the embroidery art into the frame. (Note: if your style frame has metal brackets to secure the back, be careful they don’t catch and tear the fabric.) Sit your shadowbox on a shelf, or hang it to display your DIY art!