The Simplest Way to Back Your Hoop

The hard work is over and now it's time to display your efforts! This method is the simplest way to back you hoop and does not require any additional materials.

For this step you will need the following supplies:
✓ completed embroidery
✓ embroidery hoop
✓ scissors
✓ embroidery floss
✓ embroidery needle

Be sure your embroidery is hooped in the embroidery hoop you want to display it in. Taking scissors, trim the excess fabric around your hoop until you're left with about an inch of fabric remaining. 

Cut a length of thread that 6" longer than the distance around your embroidery hoop. Thread your needle with your embroidery floss of choice and stitch along the outer edge of your fabric starting at the top of your hoop using the running stitch. When starting your first stitch, leave a 3" tail at the beginning. Continue to stitch until you reach the top of the hoop again. 

Once you have reached the top of the hoop, unthread your needle. Pull both ends of the fabric. As you pull, your fabric should cinch closed around your hoop. Tie off the ends and snip any remaining length of thread.

 Congratulations, you've backed your embroidery! 

Care to see this step in action? The video below walks you through how to back your hoop.