Celebrate the earth, air, water, fire, and spirit by crafting a colourful elemental hoop
Keep the rustic rhythm of the autumn equinox flowing with this wooden embroidery hoop design. This home-made hoop is perfect for practising felt flowers, or why not go out into your meadow and gather beautiful real blooms to adorn it instead? It’s the perfect welcome feature for your loved ones hung up your front door or in a hallway in your home.
You will need:
Wooden embroidery hoop, 15cm
Narrow organza ribbon
Needle and thread
1. Take the central wooden ring out from the bigger hoop and fix one end of the ribbon to it with double-sided tape. Wrap it around the ring several times to mark the starting point, then knot it to itself to secure (but do not cut it).
2. Fold the ribbon in half lengthways and begin to wrap it loosely across the hoop, from one side to another, to create a star pattern. Adjust the angle of the points to make each angle look even, then tighten the ribbon and tie in a knot at the top. Cut a 20cm tail of ribbon at the top of the ring for hanging.
3. Take three shades of green felt and cut leaf shapes. Clip notches into the edges of the larger fronds, then arrange in groups at the bottom of the ring. Sew them to the ribbon with a few small stitches.
4. Cut multiple 2.5cm squares of pink felt and snip into four-petal flowers. Stitch a cross across the centre of each flower and pull tight to slightly gather the petals. Sew these in clusters over the smaller leaves.
5. Trim a 2.5cm x 7cm strip of orange felt and fold in half lengthways. Line up the two edges and sew a running stitch to secure them together. Clip perpendicular to the folded edge to make a loopy fringe. Pull the thread to gather the running stitch and roll the fringing into a coil to create a chrysanthemum bud, securing with a few stitches. Sew them to the ring.
6. Make felt roses by cutting wavy strips of pale felt and gathering the bottom edge with a running stitch. Roll a small strip of darker felt and wind the longer length around it, securing with stitches passing through the bottom of the entire coil.
7. Make berries by clipping multiple felt circles with a hole punch. Use small stitches to fix each disc to a piece of felt the same colour, overlapping them slightly. Wrap the whole felt piece over the bottom edge of the ring and secure with needle and thread.