i picked these guys up at an estate sale the other day.
they are metal embroidery hoops. i did not even know they existed. aren't they cool? much cooler than the wood ones. i've kinda been into embroidery lately (i know, i know grandma-ey). but i haven't been too pleased with the wooden hoops. but these! oh i can USE these! needless to say i bought them all.
i decided to put some of my nanna's handkerchiefs in them. i know i did not make this up so here are some links i found for this project: linwood avenue and 100 layer cake
first i ironed.
then i laid them out.
next i placed my hoops on the pattern i wanted.
then put them in the hoops and pinned the extra fabric. i didnt want to cut them, since they are sentimental, but cutting them would be much easier.
last i laid out my design, and.....
ps i did end up having to add a second layer of fabric because my hankies were so thin. just a heads up.