Painting & Staining Embroidery Hoops

I just finished working on some of the Neko Atsume cross stitch patterns from Oh, Plesiosaur and they are adorable.

In the past, I have taken finished pieces and put them in a frame, but this time my sister asked me to keep each kitty in its own hoop. I’ve never finished a cross stitch piece in the hoop before so I decided to do it up right…

I had to start with staining the wooden embroidery hoop because I obviously can’t give my sister a naked hoop! I thought about using the colorful, plastic hoops I have, but the feel of the plastic didn’t seem right.

For this project, I used:

I’ve always been a little bit scared of wood projects because as a kid I watched Norm Abram from the New Yankee Workshop build and finish stuff every weekend and it always looked super involved.

But, after staining a couple dozen wood crates for a party set up years ago, I realized staining stuff is the easiest part of any DIY project and it’s pretty difficult to screw up. For me, staining things is a million times easier than painting.

For the embroidery hoops, I started by taping up the metal brackets. This isn’t completely necessary if you work quickly — you can easily wipe off the brackets if you get stain on them. However, it’s a good precautionary step. I made sure that the tape was nice and secure and then trimmed the excess with a craft knife.

A good stain job is based on picking the right color and then working efficiently. My go-to stain is Rust-Oleum Kona Wood Stain but since I didn’t have any on hand, I used Minwax Espresso.

I put on some gloves and quickly brushed on the wood stain with a foam brush and as soon as the stain was brushed on the whole hoop, I wiped it off with a paper towel. The longer you leave the stain on a project, the darker it will be.

I let the wood stain completely dry and then applied two coats of satin polyurethane.

Let the finish dry and then you’re done! I only stained the outer hoop because the inner hoop won’t be seen once I completely finish the piece.

Obviously you can also use spray paints and acrylic paints to get a different look. But remember with paint, you’re going to have to worry more about even coats and making sure you don’t smear it when you set it down to dry. For now, wood stain is the way to go for me!

Disclaimer: Luckily I had all the items I needed for this project at the house and I didn’t have to go shopping but I included some affiliate links to the items I used. As always, check at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for sales and don’t forget to use their coupon codes! 

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3 responses to “Painting & Staining Embroidery Hoops

  1. Pingback: Framing a Cross Stitch In A Hoop | The Bean & The Belle·

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