While many small needlecraft and cross stitch projects can be stitched by just holding the canvas in your lap, using an embroidery hoop or frame to hold the work area tight for stitching can make the sewing work go more smoothly and easily.
An embroidery hoop consists of two rings that fit tightly together and a tightening mechanism such as a spring or screw. A hoop makes stitching easier by keeping your fabric taut while you work.
Mounting the canvas or fabric on a frame that holds the work area tight for stitching can be helpful in a number of ways:
A taut fabric makes stitches easier to see and count.
When the fabric is taut, stitches are more even, with more uniform tension on the yarn.
Reduces the need to block the project once it's completed to straighten distorted areas.
Fabric on a frame needs less handling, so there is less wear and tear on the thread and the project stays clean even if it's worked on over months and years.
Wooden hoops are perfect for small needlecraft projects and easy to take anywhere.
During the Summer they are ideal for taking out and about so there's no need to stop enjoying your favourite pastime.
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