These are my happy scrappy decorative spheres. It felt downright spring-like in here while I was working on this project. My fabric choices were light and bright.
This project was born of two inspirations; upcycled embroidery hoops and fabric wrapping. The embroidery hoop obsession started years ago as I saw so many cute projects for reusing them. I started a mini-hoard of them and the small pair from the Thrift Shop Challenge tipped me over the edge. It was time I did something with some of them. The fabric wrapping obsession is more recent, and mostly fueled by the wonderful things Ashley Ann does to doll houses and such.
This project only required 3 things:
- Embroidery hoops
- Fabric Scraps
- Elmer’s Glue (I know…how fancy)
I used two small embroidery hoops and two medium hoops to create two spheres. I fiddled around with my hoops until I created a sphere shape I liked.
For the fabric scraps, I first turned to the selvedges from another project I am working on. This particular fabric was screen printed with 13 different colors. The circles on the side show each color and are numbered 1-13. I used the printed sections of selvedge along with a few strips of the actual fabric for my medium sphere.
For the small sphere, I rummaged through my fabric stash and picked out this mix of fabrics. Since I plan to use these spheres as decor in my studio, I chose colors to go with the room.
I cut my fabric scraps into 1/2″ wide strips. The lengths varied.
Next came the wrapping. I put a small dot of Elmer’s glue on the hoop and pressed in the end of a fabric strip. I wrapped the fabric around the hoop making sure it overlapped slightly.
I continued all the way around the hoop. I wrapped four hoops (two inner and two outer with screws) for each sphere.
One trick I found handy was to use a clip at the end to hold the last fabric tail in the glue until it dried. I left the clip on until I finished wrapping the next hoop, then I moved the clip to the one I just finished.
The selvedge wrapped hoops turned out polka-dotted :) Love the subtle typographic element with the numbering, too.
Once all my hoops were wrapped, I recreated my spheres. The best method I found was to insert one inner hoop inside the other inner hoop. Then, I put the first outer hoop around those two with the screw at the intersection of the first two hoops. Lastly, I used the second outer hoop as the band around the equator.
I had a little fun playing around with my spheres and a few other accessories to see how I could style them. One of my favorite combos was with one sphere propped up in a footed bowl.
My scrappy spheres also looked pretty chic with my shabby finials.
These will eventually live on my studio shelves…the ones I still need to install (I know, cart before the horse). I think they are the perfect decorative element for a creative space. It will be tempting to fill my studio shelves with supplies, so I am trying to be conscious of adding in decorative items that make me happy. These little spheres brighten my day.