How to Make a Washi Embroidery Hoop with Heart Pattern

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day is that it provides me the opportunity to pause and remember my Irish HeritageWhile many are contemplating Leprechaun’s and pots of gold, I’m thinking about my family and time spent together.

I come from a huge Irish family and growing up every holiday… every life event was surrounded by family. Of course as a kid I never appreciated the togetherness, but now that I’m older and live out of state, I treasure these memories.

Irish Checkered Heart for St. Patrick's Day |

In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing a checkered heart, quick and easy cross-stitch pattern that you can download HERE and stitch up for St. Patrick’s Day.

Supplies you’ll need for this project:

Washi Wrapped Embroidery Hoop Supplies |

You’ll also want to have on hand an X-acto knife and pinking sheers in addition to you basic cross-stitch supplies.

I’m always looking for creative ways to display my stitched work and today I’m showing how to create your own washi tape covered embroidery hoop.

Start from the inside of the hoop and wrap the tape at a slight angle. By starting on the inside, your ends will be hidden from view.

Washi Wrapped Embroidery Hoop |

Smooth the washi tape against the hoop as you wrap to remove any wrinkles or air bubbles.

Washi Tape Wrapped Embroidery Hoop |

Tip: I chose this green polka dot washi tape because it’s the perfect color for this St. Patrick’s Day project. And frankly, it was what I had in my supplies. However, I quickly discovered that the polka dot is an incredibly forgiving pattern. The overlapping tape adds to the randomness of the dots.

Washi Tape Embroidery Hoop |

To work around the hardware, simply continue wrapping over the metal brackets.

Then press the tape firmly against the wood hoop and trim away the excess tape with your X-acto knife.

Custom Wrapped Embroidery Hoop with Washi Tape |

Tricks for Wrapping Embroidery Hoops with Washi Tape |

Add a small piece of tape to the ends and trim.

Tips for Wrapping Embroidery Hoops with Washi Tape |

Once your hoop is wrapped, add your Aida cloth and stitch the checkered heart pattern which you can download HERE.

Finish by trimming any Aida cloth with your pinking sheers.

Embroidery Hoop Finishing Ideas |

Free St. Patrick's Day Cross-stitch Pattern |

One of the things that I most enjoy about this project is that it’s pretty for St. Patrick’s Day, but because it’s not “theme” specific, I can enjoy it throughout the Spring season.

Checkered Cross-Stitch Heart Pattern |

St. Patrick's Day Cross-stitch Pattern |

How do you celebrate your family heritage? Are you planning anything special for St. Patrick’s Day? How is your Spring decorating coming along?

**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**

How to Make a Washi Tape Embroidery Hoop with Heart Pattern