An embroidery hoop was once a very clever invention. The simple two-ring hoop set was made to hold fabric in place while decorative stitching was being done on the piece. Not many people do embroidery anymore but those old, wooden hoops are still very useful today. When Halloween rolls around you can find one reason to break out the hoops. They can easily be turned into unusual Halloween characters!
Make jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and ghouls by starting with an embroidery hoop of your choosing. Use a large one, or small one, according to the character you want to make. Ordinary yarn is the other main thing you’ll need to create the characters.
Start by selecting yarn that you’ll use. Orange for a jack-o-lantern, green for a witch or ghoul, white for a ghost. Separate the two wooden hoops and set the larger one aside for the moment. Glue the end of the yarn to the outside of the hoop. Glue it so that the yarn lies flat against the hoop.
Begin wrapping the hoop with the yarn, going down and around the bottom of the hoop, then up and over the top, turn the hoop just a tiny bit and do this again, and again. Although the wraps don’t have to be perfectly spaced the finished project will look much nicer if you make an attempt to space the yarn evenly around the hoop. Just leave tiny slivers of the hoop showing between each yarn wrap. After you have most of the hoop covered, cut the end of the yarn, and glue it to the outside area of the hoop. Position the large hoop over the small one and push it in place.
For a hoop ghost just cut felt eyes and mouth. Glue the pieces onto the yarn. For a jack-o-lantern, do the same, using felt to cut the facial features. To make a witch, cut the face pieces but make a foam hat as well. A large triangle will suffice to make the hat. Glue it to the top of the hoop.
If you have no embroidery hoop, but you have a ring of some sorts, use it as the hoop. Craft stores have a nice selection of silver-tone or gold-tone rings in various sizes. For these, wrap the yarn around and around the ring, but stop in the center. Now glue on the facial features and other accessories.
The hoop monsters are easy to make in a variety of sizes. Put a string through the top and hang them, use them on your curtain tie-backs, or stand them on stakes in the garden. They’re a lot of fun to make!