“Funky Chicken” Embroidery Hoop Art Tutorial

Today, I wanted to share an easy tutorial with you for creating a really unique piece of art with whatever materials you have lying around. I needed something to fill an empty kitchen shelf that I found at World Market. Are you noticing a trend? Gosh I love that place! It’s a dangerous relationship World Market and I have. We’ve come to an understanding though that I just can’t go very often…like never…again! haha.  Anyway, I decided I wanted to put together something quick and not spend a lot of money.  Well, I’ve been collecting embroidery hoops.  imageDon’t ask me why? I just feel like they are neat and remind me of a time when they were really useful. Paul was a little frightened when I brought that really big one home, but I promise it won’t be too scary!  I also have a ton of random fabric lying around and lots of embroidery floss (I scored thrifting again and got 50 different colors for $5)! I found a cool picture online that I thought I could turn into a sort of cross stitch embroidery hoop art thingy. And that’s just what I did! I call it…”Funky Chicken” because it really is just that!image

And now you can too!

Embroidery Hoop Art


  • One embroidery hoop (any size will do, just depends how big you want it to be)
  • Piece of fabric big enough to cover your entire hoop
  • Embroidery floss in whatever colors interest you (I used brown, red, yellow and teal)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Printer Access (or just free hand something)


  1. When you find a picture of something that interests you, print it out, big enough so that it will fill a good portion of your embroidery hoop. I found this clip art online and thought it was really cute and perfect for art in a kitchen!image
  2. Grab your fabric (I used white) and place it underneath your embroidery hoop.  Trace a circle around the hoop with your pencil. This will help you center your graphic before tracing it.
  3. Now, place your printed out graphic paper behind the fabric and center it, within the circle you just drew, where you would like to create your art.  Use your pencil to trace around the shape you will want to stand out.
  4. Once you are satisfied with your stenciling, secure your fabric inside of the embroidery hoop and make sure it’s nice and tight. Look closely in the photo below and you can see my image traced out onto the fabric. image
  5. Now, its time to get stitching! This is the fun part.  There are so many types of embroidery stitches you can use. Click here to see a couple of them.  I ended up using the “split stitch” method.  I just like the way it looks, sort of like a braid.image
  6. Once, you are done stitching up your design, it’s time to trim the fabric around the hoop and secure it on the back.imageimage I did this by using masking tape and taping down the excess fabric all the way around. imageimage
  7. If you want to make it look nicer, you can put a piece of felt on the back to cover up your handiwork, but since this was just going on a shelf in my house, I didn’t take the extra step. But now, I have some funky chicken art, setting the stage for our kitchen. imageimageHappy Stitchin!

Comment (1)

  1. Barb McCullough

    Wow, Abby, that was fantastic! I am definitely going to try this. Your funky chicken looks amazing! Good job!


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