How to make a Festival Hoop Art by DaisyLions
If you’ve been inspired by the glorious sight of Glastonbury in the sunshine, we’ve got the perfect craft tutorial for you, created by Sharon Greaves from Daisylions. It’s an embroidered Festival Hoop, complete with rock chick, picnic and wellies, so you can recreate all the fun of the festival without queuing for the toilets or showering in your tent!
See more of Sharon’s gorgeous embroidered art in her Folksy shop – https://folksy.com/shops/Daisylions
What you’ll need:
9” (22.8cm) wooden embroidery hoop
28cm x 28cm medium/firm-weight fusible interfacing
Paper-backed double-sided fusible webbing
28cm x 15cm piece of white linen or cotton (for the sky)
28cm x 15cm piece of green linen (for the background)
A selection of different coloured fabric scraps for the other elements*
Two small pieces of glitter net chiffon (optional)
Small pieces of felt in white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple (for the flag poles)
Multi-coloured seed beads
Machine embroidery threads (polyester or cotton) in black, brown, variegated green, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink
Hand embroidery threads in black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white and pink.
15cm red gingham ribbon (bow/ loop to finish)
* I used: a piece of brown linen for the tree trunk; cream dotty fabric for the crowd; different patterned green fabrics for the landscape; small patterned fabrics for the tents and Glastonbury Tor (ginghams and stripes are good); grey geometric patterned fabrics for the sound stages; green dotty fabric for the wellies; orange gingham and brown patterned fabric for the picnic hamper; orange Seventies-vibe prints for the glasses; red dotty fabric for the chicken; and small ditsy prints and patterns for the flowers.
Sewing machine (one you can lower your feed dogs on)
Darning foot attachment (for freemotion embroidering)
Fabric and embroidery scissors
Erasable pen (Biro type or air erasable)
Card for templates (photos shown for inspiration)
Some notes on freemotion embroidery
Most standard sewing machines can be used for freemotion embroidery. You will need to be able to drop your feed dogs (this is how the machine normally feeds fabric through). Check your machine manual to locate the necessary switch. Most machines have a darning foot, which often resembles a small hoop or open C shape – either of these will be suitable for machine embroidery.
Remember to coordinate your bobbin thread with your top thread or, if you don’t want to change over too many times, use invisible thread instead.
Tension and stitch length:
Unless otherwise stated, leave the tension on automatic or check your manual for settings advice. The stitch length on this design is governed by fabric speed. On stiffened fabric with no hoop I aim to move my needle quickly and my fabric slowly to create small stitches.
It helps to think of the design in a series of layers from background, middle and foreground.
Gather together all your chosen fabrics.
Gather together all your materials, tools and equipment.
Make a series of card templates, using the photos in this tutorial as inspiration. You will need a selection of small teepees and tents, a couple of larger stages for the performers, a large tree trunk, Glastonbury Tor and St Michael’s Tower, some wobbly semi-circles to represent the crowds, a pair of wellington boots, a picnic hamper, French baguettes, sunglasses, a chicken and some flowers.
Place your templates on the pieces of fabric and draw around them using an erasable pen. Now using your templates as a guide, mark on where you would like the stitch lines to be sewn. Cut out your shapes, leaving the inner lines as a stitching guide.
Tip: I like to cut out more shapes than I need in different fabrics and patterns, so I can play around with the layout and colours as I go.
With the right sides facing you, place your fabric shapes on top of the double-sided paper-backed fusible webbing.* Iron in place, then peel off the sticky side of the webbing.
* see Step 7
Using watercolour paints, wet small patches of the white linen or cotton fabric you will be using for the sky, then sparingly paint on small patches of blue to resembles clouds. Allowing the paint to bleed into the fibres gives it a more natural, organic feel, and helps give the impression of a cloudy sky.
Next, apply thin washes of yellow ochre and burnt umber to the brown linen fabric that will become the tree trunk fabric. Leave both pieces to dry.
This step is optional. To enable to you better move the pieces around and play with the layout, stiffen the pieces of fabric for the tree trunk and crowd with medium-weight interfacing. You can embroider these pieces separately from the rest of the design.
Now take your ‘crowd’ fabric pieces and, using black thread, freemotion embroider wiggly lines, loops or small circles on to the fabric to give the impression of people in a crowd. I found stitching loops to be the most effective technique here.
If you want to personalise your design, hand embroider a heart or stitch a name on to the welly boots.
Now your sky fabric has dried, iron it on to a stiff interfacing base. Once this is done, you can now begin to layer up your landscape features, including Glastonbury Tor. Play around with landscape elements, moving pieces around until you’re happy with the design.
Once you have decided on the background design, peel off the backing paper from the landscape elements and start ironing them in place on your base fabric, one layer at a time, working from back to front and stitching over each one as you go in complementary or contrasting thread.
Then do the same with the tents and main stages, but using black thread for the freemotion stitching.
To create the colourful lights shining down on the main stages, embroider three triangles in different colours by hand, with the tips of the triangles at the top of the stage.
Iron on your crowd piece using fusible webbing iron and anchor down by stitching on some multicoloured seed beads. Cut six small rainbow triangles in felt to represent ground flag poles and stitch them in place.
For the foreground layer, stitch on a frayed piece of fabric to give the feeling of tufts of grass.
Above the line of tufty grass, embroider a few vertical lines and curves using variegated thread to give the impression of tall grasses swaying in the wind.
Next stitch in place the wellies, flowers, picnic hamper, baguettes and chicken, followed by the tree trunk.
Using a selection of hand embroidery threads, add long straight stitches across the stages to represent the colourful lights. If you want to give it more of a 3D vibe, you can also place a small piece of glitter net chiffon on top and anchor it down with tiny stitches.
Now you have most of the pieces in place, you can start to add more details to your hoop art. Stitch more multicoloured seed beads on to your crowd fabric to give extra depth.
Pick out details on the chicken using satin stitch, lazy daisy and french knots.
Freemotion stitch the sunglasses down. Add a few small hand-stitched flowers to anchor the bottom of your tree trunk. Stitch a series of rainbow threads coming out from Glastonbury Tor and all the way across to the edges of your base fabric.
Finally, stretch your design into your hoop, tighten the top screw and finish with a small bow of gingham ribbon at the top. Ta da! Your rock chick chicken is ready for a day out at Glastonbury Festival – and your hoop art is ready to take pride of place on your wall!
Discover more fabulous stitched art by DaisyLions
Find Sharon’s gorgeous embroidered art in her Folksy shop – https://folksy.com/shops/Daisylions
And watch her chicken escape the clutches of a zombie sloth in this Folksy Friday animation!