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Over the Hoop with Wet 'n Stick

Over the Hoop with Wet 'n Stick

You may be familiar with a technique some call "hoopless hooping." I like to think of it as overcoming the hoop's limitations. In this week's technique sheet, we'll go "over the hoop" together using a water-activated sticky backing. Correctly hooping your embroidery area is a crucial step in achieving good embroidery results. Sometimes an alternative to hooping the fabric is useful for avoiding hoop burn on delicate or high-pile fabrics; working with ribbing, thick seams, or other difficult-to-hoop features on an item; or using fabrics that are too small to be hooped.

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Hoop only the backing. The Adhesive backing goes on top, with additional backing beneath it.

 2:

Lightly moisten the backing using a sponge, cloth, or mister.

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Carefully place your item to be embroidered in the hoop. Press it against the moisture activated adhesive.

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After the embroidery is completed, loosen the adhesive by moistening the backing from the underside.

 5:

Peel the fabric and embroidery away from the adhesive backing.

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The finished product is embroidery on an odd-shaped, hard-to-hoop item, thanks to going over the hoop!
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