unless attached to a stand, one hand must hold the hoop, so it can slow you down if you use the stab method
those with a stand are less portable
hoop can damage existing stitches; make sure you
can easily slip the outer hoop over the fabric covering the inner hoop,
then tighten (don't force hoop over stitches)
So how much do they cost?
Plastic hand-held hoops range from 3" to 9" for under $5. Larger sizes are a bit more.
Those that attach to, or are part of, a stand cost considerably more.
The following on Amazon give an idea of the types and prices available.
How to decide
If you are new to cross stitching, select two small trial projects. Stitch one with and one without a hoop.
Start with the inexpensive, plastic, hand-held
type to determine whether you like working with one before investing in
the more expensive varieties.
If you have already been stitching with a hoop,
try working without one. You may find that you like using a hoop on some
projects and not on others.
If you decide to work with a hoop, consider how important portability is before investing in a stand.
Discourage stretch marks in your fabric by removing your project from the hoop whenever you're not stitching.
Consider whether you want to try out scroll frames as well. As with hoops, frames also have their enthusiastic fans.
As with any other tool, if using an embroidery hoop improves your
stitching and makes the process more enjoyable, by all means, work
toward finding just the right style for your needs.
Have an Opinion about Embroidery Hoops?
It's hard to think about the history of cross stitch without picturing fabric in an embroidery hoop. They've been around for who-knows-how-long. And though we have other methods of holding fabric while we work, some stitchers wouldn't think of picking up a needle without reaching for a hoop.
Which describes you? Have you abandoned your hoop for a scroll or Q-Snap frame? Or have you tried them and gone back to your trusty embroidery hoop? Perhaps you've abandoned all for the "hands on" approach?
What Others Have to Say About Hoops
Click on the links below to see what other people think of using hoops. They were all written by visitors to this page. Do they agree with you?
Why a hoop???? I have never used a hoop and have been cross-stitching for 15 years - only because I didn't think it appropriate. Suddenly I came across this article and …
Hoops are okay Not rated yet I've tried them all . I prefer spring hoops but if my hands are weak I have a difficult time squeezing it. The tension is great if you like taut. I NEVER …
Hoop Heaven!! Not rated yet I love my hoop. It makes my stitching MUCH more portable. I use smaller sized hoops and work on small sections at a time. I can easily throw my work in …