These are the ins and outs of embroidery hoops.
Types of Hoops
A hoop keeps fabric taut as you cross stitch. Hoops and Scroll frames each have their fans.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Hoops are okay
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 …
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 …
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 …