Start Stitching With Helpful Hand Embroidery Hoops & Frames
Sewing, quilting, embroidering, or cross stitching is a relaxing and productive way to spend some downtime. When doing this by hand, it helps to have a sturdy frame to hold the fabric taut. There are many types, styles, and materials of hand embroidery hoops and frames suitable for everyone from the beginner to the advanced stitcher.
Is it difficult to use hand embroidery hoops and frames?
If you can twist and untwist a screw or snap two pieces together, you can use a bamboo or plastic frame, wood hoop, or metal hoop. The frame styles typically snap together with the pressure of your hands. Some multipacks include extender pieces in order to form a rectangle or square. The wood hoops and metal hoops typically employ a screw. These screws are usually plated in brass. The brass does not corrode, so it prevents any rust from getting onto your fabric. A smaller inner hoop and larger outer hoop are squeezed together with the tension of the screw. The fabric is sandwiched between the two hoops.
How do you put the fabric in bamboo or metal hoops?
To align your Aida, cotton, or other fabric in metal, bamboo, or wood hoops, determine where you want to stitch. The start to your stitching should be in the center of the hoop. You should wrap cotton fabric around the inner hoop if you plan to stitch on a slippery fabric, such as silk or chiffon. This is called binding the hoop, and it will also protect lace, tulle, and other fragile fabrics.
What are some ways to finish hooped or framed embroidery?
After finishing the last stitch on a piece of embroidery, you might want to keep it in the wood hoop or bamboo frame. These hand embroidery hoops and frames allow you to display your work on a vertical surface. To embellish the hoop or frame and finish the piece, follow these steps:
- Use a rotary cutter to trim the fabric you stitched. Leave about 1 inch of fabric outside the hoop.
- Trace the smaller hoop to make a template.
- Cut a piece of backing material using the template.
- Use a running stitch to gather the fabric you stitched behind the hoop.
- Stitch the backing material to the gathered fabric.
- Add your monogram.
- Embellish the outer hoop as desired.