“Brave” Hoop featuring Butterbee Scraps

Good Morning Creatives!

Today I want to share with you a recent altered project I made for Butterbee Scraps

 Butterbee Scraps Brave Hoop-finished

I’ve LOVED the idea of doing an altered embroidery hoop for a long time, but have never been “inspired” to make one. That is until I got the Gabby Vintage Crochet Doilies from Butterbee Scraps.

They were just so pretty and feminine and I KNEW I wanted to use them for this project.


For this project you will need:

Wooden Embroidery Hoop

Solid Broadcloth Fabric

Spray Paint or Ink (I used Tint It by Design Master!)

Gabby Vintage Crochet Doilies (Butterbee Scraps)

Light Colorado Topaz Flat Back Rhinestones (Butterbee Scraps)

Feathers & Chipboard Shape (paper studio)

Adhesive like a hot glue gun

How do I do it?

Start by taking your hoop apart and spraying it and your chipboard shape. I LOVE Design Master’s TintIt because rather than coat your project with paint, it is a sprayable dye that leaves a translucent color (instead of the opaque color of traditional spray paint.) Want a deeper color…simply add another layer.
Once your project is dry, head inside!

Lay your hoop over your fabric and cut a square slightly larger than your hoop.

Put your hoop back together with your fabric in between.

And trim the excess. I chose to trim mine so that none of my extra fabric showed. If you want you can trim it longer to allow it to “peek” out from around your hoop frame.

Once you flip it over…it’s all ready to be embellished! 

I wanted to keep mine tone on tone, so I didn’t color my doilies, but you could ABSOLUTELY take your TINTit and color your doilies to match your project.

And of course…who can pass up glittered feathers!?

Just have fun and play with the layers. Do a few dry runs (i.e. no gluing) until you are happy with your arrangement.

Here is my first layer:

and…here is my finished piece again.

As you can see, I added a 2nd layer of doilies and feathers before adding my Deer Chipboard and my Thickers letters.

I finished it off with Butterbee Scraps Flat Back Rhinestones in Light Colorado.
Closing Thoughts on being BRAVE

The word BRAVE can be scary. It conjures up images of other people we admire, but we rarely describe ourselves as such.

Why is that? Is it because we fear failing? Do we fear people seeing us differently? Would they think I was being prideful?

That’s usually why I wan’t brave.

I was held captive by fear of doing it “wrong” or of just plain failing.

I wouldn’t be brave and tell my story because I was worried people would see me differently.

I never wanted anyone to see me as a “diva” of any kind.

But after a while…I did it anyway. Not because I was suddenly ridiculously brave…not in the least.

I was tired of living in fear…so I faked it. I totally fake it. And you know what…no one knew the difference.

And after a while…I didn’t have to fake it anymore. By doing it anyway…I proved to myself that I COULD do it.

I earned my bravery through the old adage “Fake it ’til you make it.”

I hope today you are not only inspired creatively, but you are also challenged to be FAKE Brave and do what scares you.





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