Recently, I discovered the brand new Maker machine from Cricut and I can’t wait to tell you how easy it was to make this hoop with the machine!
If i’m being completely transparent, i’d have to say that I never even looked at Cricut machines for my own use, because my focus is on fabric crafting rather than paper crafting and I thought Cricut machines were just for paper. Well, not so with the Maker machine…yes it can cut paper but also fabric, vinyl and even thin wood!
I was sold!
So, I received and unboxed my machine, set it up and then sat down to learn how to use Cricut’s Design Space app for the iPad (which can also be used on your computer and that’s actually where I set up my first project).
Since this was going to be my very first project ever, I wanted to keep it simple in case I really messed it up!!
I chose images from the design library: a pair of scissors and a swirly ribbon. This video shows a snippet of what the cutting process looks like:
I have the fabric backed with Heat ‘n Bond and that is being held in place on the pink Cricut adhesive fabric mat.
Once the cuts were made, I had three separate pieces that I then assembled onto my background fabric.
And then my favorite part, of course, the embroidery!
The fabrics that I used are from Alison Glass.
The threads that I used are Eleganza from Sue Spargo. This is the size 8 thread, but I doubled it up for stitching this piece.
And finally, I am asked all the time about the beads that I use…these are size 8 Japanese seed beads from Fusion Beads.
I stitched it up and have the perfect hoop for my stitching studio space! (say that three times fast!)
I’m thrilled with how simple it was to use the Maker machine and how quickly I was able to put together all of the pieces for this project. I’m thinking that for my next project, I might use my own design for a hoop. So, stay tuned, i’ll be sure to share it with you here!
And in the meantime, you can check out how others have been using their machines on Cricut’s Instagram page!
The Maker machine and supplies have been provided to me by Cricut. The opinions, photos and videos above have been provided by me.