Embroidery Hoop Doily Wall Decoration

I have seen mandalas and dream catchers done in embroidery hoops. This is my take on them using 3 commercial and 3 hand made doilies.
I hope you like it.

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: i unit

Source: Seen mandalas on line.



  1. I had 2 larger 5.5", 1 medium 4", 1 smaller 3.5", and 2 smallest 3" hoops. For the 3 smallest ones, I had some mini doilies I bought on line last year. I had more small hoops, but didn't want to repeat the pattern. I filled those first and trimmed the excess.
  2. With the little ones glued, I needed to make the bigger ones.
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  4. Row 1: Chain 6, make a slip stitch in the first chain. Make 4 more. Then on the last/sixth one, chain 2 and make a half double in the same chain the others are in. This puts your work on the middle of what would have been another loop. This saves you from slip stitching up one half of the first loop.
  5. Row 2: Chain 3 and make a slip stitch in the center of each of the 6 loops.
  6. Row 3: Chain 5 and slip stitch in the center of the chain 3 space from the previous row. Your last chain 5 will be the same as before, but chain 3 instead and make a half double so you are again at the top of your work.
  7. Row 4: Chain 5 (this makes your first double and chain space in between) and make a double crochet in that center stitch, (this is the one that makes it the center of the 5). Each odd number has a center, and for this 5 chain, it's the 3rd one. Chain 1 and repeat twice. Chain 1 and repeat around. Join with a slip stitch.
  8. Row 5: From the joining stitch, chain 8 (if your work is loose, make it 7) and slip stitch in the center of the chain one from the previous row. This is the center of the 4 double clusters with the chain 1 between each. Chain 8 (7) and slip stitch in the chain 1 space in between each cluster. See photo for details. Join with a slip stitch and work in the tails. Glue the 6 "tips" to the back of the hoop.
  9. Doily 2: Chain 4 and make 14 double crochets in the 3rd chain from the hook, for 15. Join with a slip stitch.
  10. Row 2: Chain 5 and make a double in the next second stitch. Chain 2 and make another double in the second stitch, and continue till you have 14 doubles and 14 chain 2s, for 28.
  11. I made a double in each stitch around for 56. If you work is taut you might want to make a center of 15, then 30, then 45 in the rows, or if it's loose you might want to make 13, and 26, and 52. Whatever gives you the size of the hoop is the most important.
  12. Doily 3: Chain 6 and make a slip stitch in the first chain. Do this 4 more times, and on the 6th, make a chain 3 and a double to make your work end on the top of the loop. It's just like doily #1.
  13. Row 2: Chain 5 and make a slip stitch in the top of the next hoop and continue around. Join with a slip stitch.
  14. Row 3 Chain 2, make a half double in each of the chains around for 30. Join with a slip stitch.
  15. Row 4: Chain 4, make a single crochet in the first chain, a half double in the next, and a double in the last. Skip one stitch from the previous row and slip stitch in the next. Continue around and work in the tail. Glue to the hoop kind of like a clock 12,3,6, and 9. This is so you can evenly glue them to the hoop.
  16. Glue on the buttons. Glue the hoops together in your own configuration. I put the ends of the hanger (first and last tails) on the screw that tightens the hoops and chained a hanger. You are done!
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  18. NOTE: If you don't crochet, or are lucky enough to have the commercial doilies you can get from a craft store, use those. This is labor intensive and I might be the only person on the planet with the patience to do it this way!

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