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Lorena and David of San Francisco decked out their baby Lino’s nursery ceiling with embroidery hoops filled with all different fabrics, hanging from the ceiling. They sprinkled in some extra special hoops with glow-in-the-dark “friendly ghost” night protectors that David silk-screened himself. I love this idea, because a baby is often laying on his back looking up at the ceiling — give him something to look at!
To see more, check out the great collection of images in Lorena’s Flickr collection. The images were taken on the day that baby Lino was delivered!
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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.


  • Anna

    Brilliant!
    How did you all get the fabric to stay taut in the hoop?
    How are they suspended from the ceiling?
    I’d like to replicate this idea, but instead of the ceiling, I’d like to cover one wall.

  • Tracy A.

    Very, very cute!

  • Laura Cochrane

    Hey Anna,
    I’m not the crafter, but it looks like they stretched wires across the room to hang the hoops from. I think getting the fabric to stay taut is pretty easy, once you’ve used an embroidery hoop once or twice. You should visit Lorena’s Flickr set to see more of the process pics. The link is in the post above. : )

  • Embroidery Designs

    Wow…….amazing idea and work!
    Golden Stitch

  • Lorena Fernández-Fernández

    Thanks Laura for posting the nursery!
    Those are 90 hoops, it made a ceiling plan trying to figurate out which color and size will be in a exactly point. Each wire had 5 hoops. The gamma of colors selected for the nursery was light blue, yellow, grey and red with some accents in green and white too. So fabric were bought in those colors and the ceiling plan was carefully selecting the fabric.
    Love,
    Lorena

    • Helen

      Hi Lorena, this is a stunning effect and I want to try and recreate it to cover an unsightly old metal ceiling. Please can you advise how far apart you spaced the wire? Thanks for sharing.

      • https://www.facebook.com/bylorena Lorena Fernández-Fernández

        Helen, I hope it isn’t too late for you :( I have posted ceiling-plans in craft.bylorena.com with measure, but I think those were spaced 7 1/2 inch apron I wanna see photos!
        xx

  • Laura Cochrane

    Great info, thank you Lorena! I love the colors you chose. I myself am not naturally good at putting colors together, but you clearly are. Beautiful! : )

  • Lori

    This is such a fabulous idea. a teacher in a Reggio-inspired preschool. I’m going to be creating a family display from this idea. I’m turning family pictures into iron on transfers, framing them with hoops, and hanging them over our cozy area. As the odds lie down, they’ll be able to see their family’s faves looking down at them. :)

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