By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

I just love designs by Liam Ashurst and when I first came across them on Pinterest I knew I just had to embroider some for my living room. I’ve been doing embroidery for over 10 years, but I now find it to be quite challenging as my hands shake a lot due to my chronic illness. Follow my simple embriodery hoop tutorial to make your own.

These finished embroidery hoops took me quite a few months to make. I used a variety of stitches and other embroidery techniques to make them.

studio ghibli embroidery

Make your own embroidery hoop

Check out this Blueprint post on embroidery stitches if you are new to embroidery. Practice on some scrap fabric before you start your main piece to find out what stitches and thickness of thread you want to use.

You will need:

  • Design (use your own or pay to use an artist’s design)
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Cotton fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beeswax


  1. Print design and trace onto tracing paper.
  2. [This method only works with light coloured fabrics, for dark fabrics you will have to use embroidery stabiliser] Stick paper to a window and stick fabric over the top. Do this on a sunny day to make it easier to see the lines.
    Pro tip– go over the lines with a felt pen after you’ve traced the design to make it easier to see.
  3. Trace design onto fabric using a pencil or erasable pen.
  4. Put fabric into an embroidery hoop and start stitching your design. Pro tip– Run your thread over some beeswax after you’ve split it to keep the thread smooth when you’re sewing.
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Back your embroidery hoop using this method or frame in a picture frame to finish.

For more craft projects, check out our Pinterest Board.
studio ghibli embroidery

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