I used an 8" embroidery hoop and strong canvas as the background. I searched lots of different pirate pictures and created this from a mixture of what I'd found. The great thing with machine embroidery is that it's very forgiving. You don't have to be the best artist, as the stitches make it look defined and you really don't have to be too neat. The reason why I love it so much!
Once your stitching is finished you can take it out of the frame and put it back in so the fabric is on top of the inner hoop.
The back is rather messy, so I've added a message on to felt and stuck on the back, inside the hoop. Tidies it up and adds another personal touch.
I added skull beads and ribbon to hang the frame. Or it can be hung by the frame, either way I love it! I hope the boys do!....Otherwise I may be forced to walk the plank!!
Please do let me know of any other fab boys gifts you've made or seen.