I’ve received a few hooped embroideries in swaps over the years, and noticed that none of them were ever finished off properly. Which is a shame, because after the considerable time and effort that no doubt went into the stitching of the pieces, the final presentation can go all sad and pear-shaped if the finishing stage was rushed through—usually carried out with nothing, it seems, but a pair of scissors and the lazy idea that no one will see the back of the piece.
After all, I see the back of the piece…and rough, choppy cuts, or messy webs of loose and flimsy lacing, or excess fabric forcibly stuffed into the back cavity of the hoop, these measures speak volumes about the “crafty goddesses” who made them, and their priorities, and the level of their skills. C’mon, all that fuss and preening over a “handmade” front, and then this muddle of a “Made in the slums of India” hidden in the back? It’s a crying shame.
So when I got my faux crocheted doily hooped up, I took a few snaps of the steps, and have put together a very simple, quick how-to over on H2B.
Seriously, it takes hardly any time—10 minutes?—to finish an embroidery this way, yet it looks like someone clearly took the time and made an effort to care for the entire embroidery, and not just make sure the front looked pretty long enough to take a picture (and the hell with what it looks like in a week’s time)!
People. Show some genuine pride in your handwork; try to make a thing of beauty and quality…something made to last and treasure…not just some eye-candy held together with tape and blu-tack that falls apart a week after you’ve shown it off on the interwebs. Put some effort into doing things right.
What is the point of a handmade revolution that has espoused the shoddy manufacturing techniques of sweatshops and factories in China? Stop giving “handmade” a shitty reputation. Be worthy of the movement, if a movement is what you claim to be part of.
Let’s put some craftsmanship into the thousands of internet personas who style themselves “Mr. or Ms. Crafty So-and-so”
Tutorial is here: Displaying embroidery in a hoop | from Hell to Breakfast.