Thursday, March 29, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Clock

Debbiedoo's is hosting a newbie reunion party today.  I was a newbie once, and Debbie's was one of the first places I partied.  I thought I would create a special project in honor of her party.  
Lately I have had a thing for embroidery hoops.  They are just so versatile.  
You can check out here and here what I've done with them before.  
I have been wanting to make a clock for my daughter's room for a while now.
For this project I used some left over Thomas Paul Aviary fabric I used on my daughter's desk chair,
an embroidery hoop, buttons and a clock kit
(which I bought using a 50% off coupon from AC Moore).

I started by painting the outside of the embroidery hoop an aqua color to coordinate with the fabric.
I then traced around the smaller embroidery hoop onto a sturdy piece of cardboard -
(I used a thick box I had).   I then cut it out using a sharp knife.
I put my fabric in the embroidery hoop and started to sew on the buttons for the numbers on the clock.
Once I was done sewing on all of the buttons, I added the cardboard to the back, blank side to the front (my fabric is a little see-through so I didn't want to see the words peak through by mistake).  The cardboard fit snugly so there was no reason for glue.
Now that the cardboard was in place it was time to add the hole for my clock kit to fit through.  I used an awl to make the hole.  I made the hole just big enough to fit the clock mechanism.
I then put together my clock kit.  The hands of the clock were gold, which I didn't love with the aqua.  I took the hands back off and painted them silver using some model airplane paint we had in the house.
It hangs in my daughter's room above her closet doors.
and coordinates perfectly with her desk chair.

What do you think of my new clock?
I can't wait to hear.

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partying here


Debbiedoos said...

Judy, I absolutely LOVE this. I saw some crafts at a home show with these hoops, and I wished I had a girl to make one for. Nice job. Thanks so much for sharing with the reunion party. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow!

urbanmingo said...

This is definitely the cutest clock i have ever seen!!

Gina said...

What a brilliant idea! The clock looks great. Super job!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that! Funny, I just passed one of those embroidery hoops by the other day while out thrifting. Note to self, get the next one I see!

Martha said...

Very clever and cute!

VBR said...

Blue birds and blue buttons - what is there not to be cute. This is really a cute little clock.

Rachael said...

What a great way to use extra fabric!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

So cute~
I love this idea. I see embroidery hoops all the time at the thrift stores!

via Newbie Reunion--Pat

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How cute is that! It goes so well in your daughter's room, too, Judy! What a great use of that fabric and repeating it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love the clock. It is gorgeous. Such a fun idea. Hugs, Marty

Oklahomaredhead said...

what an awesome idea! I need to do that for one of my bedrooms

Oklahomaredhead said...

what an awesome idea! I need to do that for one of my bedrooms

At The Picket Fence said...

That is so awesome Judy! You are seriously creative my friend! :-)

Cynthia said...

I love the fabric you chose. What a fun project.

Susan Anderson said...

That's a really clever idea!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the fabric! What a clever clock.

Unknown said...

Wow, your daughter must love her room!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How feminine and sweet! love it...

anitamombanita said...

I would never have thought to do that. So cute. I'm so craft challenged!

To the Toy Box and Beyond said...

love your clock Wish I was that creative Visiting from Jenny Matlock

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a great way to use fabric...I have that same print only in yellow. I am in love with it! Your daughter's room is fun, bright and cozy all at the same time. Thanks for linking to Debbie's party...

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your daughter's room looks fabulous, and the clock is a great addition. I have several embroidery hoops around the house, and I was wondering what to do with them. I am going to see what else you made with them.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Super cute! I love it!
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

Mandy said...

So darn cute!!!!!!!

Rona Gregory said...

hi found you via air your laundry! I love this! I have a bit of a hoop fettish (and fabric) and I bought a clock kit ages ago with the intention of doing a canvas painting one. But I think something like this would so much nicer in my guest bedroom. Thank you for sharing, it's beautiful.

Debbie said...

This is just ingenious and adorable! I'm glad embroidery hoop projects are back with vigor. I think they're so creative. I really love your idea.

Gen @ Color Me Domestic said...

You're clock is just absolutely darling! Love the baby birdy being fed by it's mommmy, such a nice fabric! And love the use of the buttons for the numbers. Pinned!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I think your new clock is lovely! And it matches the chair! How cool is that?!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

So cute! And I love the fabric you used, even the chair is sooo pretty... love the aqua color. Thanks for sharing!Have a great weekend!Hugs,Poppy

storybeader said...

love the matching chair and clock! How nice! {:-Deb

Jenny said...

Bravo, bravo!

What a splendid clock! I love this technique and it looks amazing over those painted closet doors!

What a special way for your sweet daughter to keep track of the time!

As always...your talents astound me!

Thanks for sharing.


Unknown said...

I love embroidery hoop art...but embroidery hoop clock? LOVE!

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