by pennyhal2 28 Nov 2020

I'm having trouble hooping felt. The hoop I want to use is a 6x6 and the design is small enought to fit that hoop. I'm using felt that I got at Michaels. However, I can't hoop the felt as the hoop seems to be too small or the felt is too thick. The obvious answer is to use a larger hoop. I don't want to use a larger hoop as it would be too large and the felt isn't big enough for it. If I can take out the screw out that you tighten the hoop with, but that has its own problems. Any suggestion about hooping thick fabric?


by pennyhal2 29 Nov 2020

Thanks for all the advice! I did not want to have to deal with removing minusculer pieces of stabilizer bits because you'd see bits of white, or washing everything that would take forever, or use a bigger hoop that would waste fabric..

What I ended up doing was to take the screw out of the hoop. Then, I hooped the fabric. I gingerly put the screw back in it's place and gradually tightened it so that it gradually compressed the felt. Then, I was able to tighten the screw just enough to hold the fabric without the inner hoop popping out. I had to work slowly to get the compression right so that the screw or inner hoop did not pop out. While it worked for me, I don't reccommend this technique.Too much can go wrong,

I suppose using a wws would have been a good second choice, but the project was time consuming enough without having to deal with washing each piece. I'll post a photo when done.

mops by mops 29 Nov 2020

I have used stabiliser that can be removed by heating - iron stet on a low setting. Works well.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 30 Nov 2020

I've never heard of that before! Will have to check it out. It would have saved me a lot of hassle! Thanks@

by mops Moderator 28 Nov 2020

Like the others I hoop the stabiliser and fix the felt (or towelling, velvet, corduroy or fleece) with pins or use the outline my Ruby gives as an option or before I had that one I even secured it by long manual stitches.

by 02kar Moderator 28 Nov 2020

I like using a temporary adhesive like 505 and then use straight pins to be sure the fabric doesn't move. Only the stabilizer is hooped and i use a light stabilizer. Felt usually take ME beautifully so I don't need more than a light one.

by babash 28 Nov 2020

I use double sided sticky tape just a few inches long at the outer edges of the hoop. This holds it to the stabilizer. Works fine for me.

by crafter2243 Moderator 28 Nov 2020

I never hoop felt or towels . I spray a bit of temporary basting on the stabilizer and lay the material on top. That is usually enough. Sometimes I add pins on the outside. Good luck

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graceandham by graceandham 28 Nov 2020

Pins or Scotch tape, but no tape on felt, might damage nap.

by AuntAnnie 28 Nov 2020

Hoop your stabilizer and either tack down the felt with a temporary spray adhesive or pin carefully keeping all pins out of the stitching field. Use the tack-down, outline, or fix stitch to better hold the felt in place prior to stitching. Good luck!