Hoops used for your BE project.  There are many on the market, the one you use is your choice.

There are some features of this hoop that are important.
1. Use a hoop that will keep the fabric taut for stitching.  If necessary use bias cloth and wrap the bottom hoop with enough to help the fabric with your design to be taut.
2. The hoop needs to be bigger than the area of the design.  It is suggested that beginning stitchers start  with a design that they can use the 5 or 6” hoop with.  It is easier to grasp especially when learning the new
3. Due to the dimensional nature of the finished design, if part is mashed with the hoop, it will distort the stitch and won’t always (most times won’t) bounce back after the hoop is removed or when laundered.
4. It is also, advisable when you aren’t stitching to remove your piece from the hoop.  (Do most of us do this, probably not).  I do if I’m not going to be stitching for a few days, but if I plan to pick it up the next day I don’t.  But I need to practice what I preach as the saying goes, because it does leave a hoop mark.  It has  always come out in the laundering process.

Now to types of hand help type hoops:
1. Some that have been around for ever and a day, are the wooden round oops with a screw that adjusts  tension.
2. Newer ones are plastic.  Some have a spring action inner hoop and others have screw adjustment for tension.  One brand of the later has a lip on the inner hoop that helps to hold the fabric tauter.  These hoops come both in round of various sizes and in oval shapes.
3. Scroll frames are also available in various sizes and are excellent when working on larger pieces.  These have two round dowels that are slit almost to the end.  This needs to be longer than the fabric you insert in the slit.  You have to ends that has a hole in each end for the dowel to be inserted and a screw (usually with a wing nut) to adjust tension.   You place the other side of the fabric in the slit of the other dowel and add the end pieces.  You can roll dowel and tighten the fabric.  It isn’t necessary that the space between the  dowels it large enough for all you design area.  Rolling the stitched part onto the dowel doesn’t seem to hurt the stitching as it isn’t squashed as it would be between the two rings of a hoop.

4. Last but not least is the Q-Snap frame.  They are adjustable by buying different sizes and mixing and  latching the sides as necessary.  I find with these after stitching for awhile tend to loosen and don’t stay taut (guess you could really say that happens with most hoops).  But are easy to tighten the fabric. 

There are many items on the market that are available to make some of the above hoops easier to use.  Thee is an attachment that hold the scroll fame and then has an extension that you can sit on, leaving both hands free.  Some sit on the floor and attach to the scroll frame and those also, leave the hands free. 
Some have attachments that hold the instructions.  It seems there is a limitless array of gadgets in this area to shop for.


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