It’s almost time to celebrate! That’s right. Harry Potter’s birthday is just around the corner! (Gold star if you know the actual day off the top of your head.)
Yes, it’s true. I’m a complete Harry Potter nut. Note, the wand and scarf. Yeah, those are totally mine. So when Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings asked if I wanted to join in with her second annual Happy Harry Potter series, of course I said yes!
I’m all about combining the things I love, so I had a blast making up this I Solemnly Swear Harry Potter Hoop Art for this year’s series!
If you’re a Potter fan you know this quote is said to open up the Marauder’s Map. If you’re not a Potter fan and you love a bit of mischief, you’ll still love this one! :) I think it’s a fun iconic hoop and I had a lot of fun tea staining this so it would have that old parchment look.
It’s great as part of a display, or even just a cute hoop to have near your bookcase! Ready for the easy tutorial?
Here’s your materials list:
- 1 – 8″ embroidery hoop
- 10″ linen square
- Embroidery Floss – Rust color and Dark gray color
- Embroidery Needle
- Marking Pen/Disappearing Ink Pen
- Tea Bag
- Optional for finishing hoop: Hot Glue, 8″ felt circle
- Hoop Art Pattern
Trace your pattern onto your fabric with a transfer or marking pen. Stitch out the design using a back stitch for all lines. For the smaller highlighting lines I used 2 strands of embroidery floss and for the thicker border I used 3 strands of floss.
For the lettering, use small back stitches so the letters keep their style and shape and are easy to read.
Once your scroll and lettering is done, stitch your little footprints with 3 strands of gray floss.
Ok this part is super fun. Make a very strong cup of tea – I used a tea bag and about a 1/2 cup of water. I left the tea in the cup so it would keep adding strength and color to the tea.
Using a paint brush, dip the brush in the tea and start “painting”on the blotches and stains to give the linen the look of old parchment.
To get this variegated effect I did several coats with the tea and made the outer areas darker. I tried to keep the tea lighter over the embroidery, but not off of it entirely. Let the fabric dry between coats so you can tell how dark it is. If you’re impatient (like me) you can speed up the drying with a hair dryer.
Once your tea staining is the way you’d like it, finish the hoop by trimming the fabric 1/2″ longer than the hoop in back. Glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop with hot glue, then glue an 8″ circle of felt over the back to cover all your stitching and fabric. And that’s it!
You can show off your Harry Potter love with style! Oooh – or make one as a gift for your favorite HP fan!!
So are you in the Potter club? I’d love to know!
Make sure you check out all the other HP projects over at Rae Gun Ramblings – and you can enter to win this fabulous giveaway too!
The winner will receive the following awesome Harry Potter and bookish prizes!
- The September Bookish Boxfrom Appraising Pages (includes a shirt by Appraising Pages Shop and 3-5 feminine home, beauty, and fashion items)
- I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good Necklacefrom Bookish Sphere
- Marauders Map Stacking Mugsfrom A Bird in the Hand Crafts
- 25$ Shop Credit (for in stock items) from Tiny Book Town(super cute bookish jewelry pictured Narnia book necklace and Mystery and Adventure necklace)
- Deathly Hallows Necklace, Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, and Golden Snitch Ornament(any house colors) from Pieces by Polly
- 40$ Shop Credit from Rae Gun (pictured above House Elf Apron, Hogwart’s House Tie Necklace, Make Love Not Horcruxes Bag but anything in the shop is available)
- 20$ com gift card!
- The August Owl Crate from Owl Crate(this will include an upbeat mystery novel, as well as a bunch of items paying homage to literature’s most-loved detectives)