I made this as a swap with a nice gal and I finished the final touches today like painting and varnishing the frame and mounting the embroidery inside.
I thought I would share what I have done and works really well.
When I am mounting my embroidery in the hoops I line the back with muslin. This helps the trails along the back and knots to be hidden and not show up.
I seal the wood of the frame and then paint the top hoop it using acrylic paint. then I varnish over the entire thing to seal it all in and protect the wood.
I stretch the fabric (both the muslin and embroidered cloth together) into the hoop. Tighten and smooth out any puckers.
Using Elmer’s glue or any water based school glue, draw a ring around the edge of the back of the hoop and pull the muslin first and iron it down, sealing it to the wood. Do the same with the embroidered cloth.
Trim the fabrics to about 1″.
Using tacky glue or another water based stronger glue draw a ring on the inner lip of the hoop and push the fabric down adhering it to the sides of the hoop.
Now it is ready to hang!