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  1. Do you have a fabric collection?  Is it getting out of hand?  Mine too!  Believe me this box and basket are just the tip of the ice-berg.

I love fabric, what’s not to love?  I love the colour, the texture, even the weight and sound of different fabrics as they move around.  I am a great collector of fabrics; salvaging scraps from ruined items of clothings, believing I will one day find a use for them.  I am particularly attached to some of the fabric I have taken from the dresses Beth used to wear when she was little ?

I saved one or two items but gave the rest away so that other little girls could enjoy them.  Where possible I have cut fabric from garments with stains, plucks, tears etc.  But what to do with them?  How about this?

What do you think?  There are two pieces of Liberty fabrics I had left after other projects, a couple of pieces of Cath Kidston  The large white one is an undamaged section of a beautiful dress that Beth once spent the afternoon destroying on the park a few years ago.  Here’s a photo of her wearing it….aswell as a fair amount of my make up it would seem!!

The piece below is a piece of a shirt I wore whilst I was pregnant.  Post pregnancy, it was obviously too big for me to wear but I still adored the fabric.  I’m so glad it will still be seen.

I have a larger hoop which I plan on using for Cross stitch, though I can’t decide whether ‘Home Sweet Home’ or ‘Welcome’ would be the best sentiment to go with this collection.  I plan on making more!  Lots more, all different sizes.  Why not give it a try?

You will need:

Various sized pieces of fabric

Various sized Wooden Embroidery Hoops (I used 4″ 6″ 8″ 10″ here and the cross stitch will be 12″)


Pinking Shears


  • When creating a collection of items, odd numbers work much better than even; 3s, 5s, 7s etc, bear this in mind when deciding how many hoops to buy.
  • Dive into your collection of Fabrics and select as many pieces as you need.
  • Lay them next to each other to ensure that the colours compliment each other.
  • It is best to use a mixture of patterns; different sizes, styles etc and alternate them.  eg. smallest ring has a small pattern, the 2nd smallest has a large print, 3rd as a small pattern and so on….
  • Iron all of your fabrics.
  • Unscrew your hoop and lay your fabric over the inner ring.  Move it around a little until you find the section of the pattern you wish to frame.
  • Place the outer ring on top ensuring that the screws on each ring face the same way.
  • Push into place.
Excuse the slightly blurred image – my ‘helper’ took it!  Thank you Beth xxx
  • Pull the fabric taught and tighten the screw, repeatedly checking that the fabric is pulled very tight.
  • Once you are sure that the fabric is secure, trim the excess fabric with pinking sheers.

I’m sure you will agree the effect is beautiful. I can’t wait to show it to you when it is hung in our new house (yes that right – new house!).  For now, I’ll get started on that cross stitch.

This is another one of Beth’s which she feels is ‘artistic’ 🙂 See how much neater the overall look is if you fix the hoops with all the screws facing the same way?

I hope you’ll have a go and let me know how yours turn out.

Love Rachel


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