These excellent frames are made with individual PVC-type tubes
connected at the corners. Fabric is draped over the frame, then four
ribbed clamps fit over the sides to hold the material taut during
Purpose of the Q-snap Frame
The Q-snap frame works as an alternative to hoops and scroll frames to keep fabric taut during stitching. As with the other methods, using Q-snaps result in more consistent stitches.
Characteristics of the Q-snap Frame
four sides of the Q-Snap frame are made from hollow, PVC-like tubes with elbow connectors
a "C"-shaped piece clamps over each side
Consider placing a thin strip of fabric or paper between the frame and the clamp to protect stitches.
the inside surface of the clamps are ribbed inside to improve grip
common in standard 6", 8", 11" and 17" squares, as well as some larger sizes (used by quilters)
can purchase pairs in varying lengths for building other dimensions
are hand-held or can be attached to some stands for hands-free stitching
Advantages of the Q-snap frame
keeps your fabric taut as you embroider
like hoops, some stitchers feel Q-Snap(TM) frames help maintain consistent stitch tension and appearance
attached to a stand, the Q-Snap frame leaves both hands free, allowing
those who use the stab method to keep one hand above and the other hand
below the fabric, which increases your stitching speed
because the fabric wraps around a smooth tube, the Q-snap frame doesn't leave severe creases in the fabric the way hoops can
extender kits and pair sets allow you to build frames in other configurations
If you need to order replacement parts, go to Q-snap's website (link
above), and click on "All Products" in the left menu under "Product
Catalog." A quick "Find" using your browser will turn up the part you're
looking for. (Use Ctrl-F for Windows or Cmd-F for Mac.)
Things to Consider
when ordering replacement parts, note that the corners, or
elbows, come in the original style (referred to, by Q-Snap, as "knuckle
els") and a newer style (described by the company as "smooth
interlocking els"); the clamps used for each are not always compatible
can become loose over time (some users suggest putting the clamps
through a hot water cycle in the dishwasher to restore the original
using the right size frame for your fabric may affect the tension
stitchers find it necessary to file down or otherwise smooth the edges
of the clamps so the fabric and stitches aren't damaged from repeated
clamping and un-clamping
placing a thin strip of fabric or paper between the frame and the clamp helps protect the fabric and stitches
some have been unsatisfied with the performance of a similar generic product, but pleased when replaced with a genuine Q-snap(TM) frame
occasional user reviews complain of hand getting tired from holding this thicker frame
unless attached to a stand, either one hand must hold the frame while the other hand stitches, or you must prop up the Q-Snap(TM) to free both hands
you should remove your fabric from the Q-SnapTM when not stitching
Q-SnapsTM can be purchased in some stores in standard configurations. Many sizes are available online at Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, you may not need to pay for shipping. Look for the "Prime" next to the price.
Prices below are approximate and subject to change.
6" x 6"
8" x 8"
11" x 11"
11" x 17"
17" x 17"
You can find them elsewhere online, but you will usually have to
add shipping charges. (Shipping will not be as much of an issue if
combined with other items). The full product line, additional pairs that
allow you to mix and match pieces, and replacement clamps and other
parts can be bought directly from Q-Snap(TM) on their website.
when buying additional clamps, as some lengths differ from one frame to
another because of the corner design change mentioned above.
If you enjoy using a hoop or scroll frame, there is no
substitute for trying this product yourself. Look for product reviews by
users to look for situations that mirror your own. The smaller frames
can be had for around $10 on sale. And since the positive reviews seem
to outweigh the negative ones, I recommend trying one.
If you are a first-time stitcher, follow the evaluation process described under hoops.)
Hoops are cheaper and easier to find, and will give you a chance to try
stitching with and without a device of some sort. From there, if you
like having your fabric held tightly, try either a scroll frame or a
Q-SnapTM for your next small project. Then switch midway
through stitching to try the other. If you really like the counted cross
stitch craft, finding tools that increase your productivity and enhance
your enjoyment is always worthwhile.
If you like
Q-Snaps frames, ask yourself: What is my typical project size? Do I work
on more than one project at a time? Will I want to use a stand? These
answers may help you decide whether to buy several frames, or simply add
some frame pairs and clamps to build your own configurations.
to loosen the tension on your project when you are not stitching. This
preserves both your stitching and your frame. And for extra protection,
slip some tissue paper or a strip of material between the side clamps
and your cross stitch fabric.