Monday, March 14, 2011

Embroidery Hoops are an essential tool in any Cross stitch, embroidery, and punch needle enthusiast’s  tool bag.

This 2-part tool that allows your needlework fabric to be held securely between inner and outer hoop rings, allowing it to remain taut while stitching.

Hoops come in a wide range of sizes and colors, and are available in plastic, metal and bamboo.

For smaller projects, select a hoop that is slightly larger than the area to be embroidered. The fabric used should extend about 2 inches beyond the edges of the hoop in order to be held securely.

Round is the most common shape, but ovals are also available and are helpful when working an embroidered band.

Sizes for embroidery hoops range from 3-inches to 12-inches. Larger hoops are also available, but are better suited to hand quilting projects rather than embroidery.

If your project is larger, you can use a hoop that is smaller than the area to be embroidered, but the hoop will need to be moved from one spot to another as you work.

My favorite hoop for embroidery is a “no-slip” hoop lap stand that includes 5″ and 7″ or 7” and 9” hoops with a patented “tongue and groove” configuration. An example is shown above.

The stand elevates the project in hoop, allowing user to have both hands free to stitch. The hoops can be used as a lap stand by inserting the legs, or individually.


How to use an embroidery hoop:

Loosen the screw or nut on the outer embroidery hoop and separate the inner and outer rings. The outer ring will hold the fabric over the inner ring once you have inserted the fabric.

Place the outer ring over the fabric and press until the bottom ring is snug inside the outer ring.  Tug the corners of the fabric slightly to make the fabric taunt – make sure this is as tight as possible so the fabric won’t slip out of the hoop.

Tighten the nut or screw securely. Your fabric is now in place and ready to embroider.

EMMA’S TOOL TIP: Never leave your work in the hoop for an extended period of time. This can cause creases in the fabric that are difficult to remove.

I like to take my work out of the hoop when I’m not working on it, as it only takes a moment to place it back in the hoop.


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  • Loretta
    March 14th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Do you have photos of the two tiered hoop shown at the top of the post here being used? I’m having a hard time picturing how the fabric sits in that one.

    • admin
      March 14th, 2011 3:57 pm
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      It’s used the same as a lap frame. Your “sending” hand pushes the needle through the fabric, and your “receiving” hand waits in the space between the 2 hoops to retreieve the needle. The nice thing about this hoop (and what makes it different from a standard lap frame), is that each side has a different size of hoop. ~Emma

  • Luna
    March 15th, 2011 7:00 am

    I have trouble with the aida loosening as I stitch in plastic hoops. What can I do to keep it from loosening?

    • admin
      March 15th, 2011 8:14 am
      Author's Reply

      Hi Luna – try wrapping the inside hoop with 1″ wide strips of cotton fabric, twill tape of adhesive first aid tape. One of these usually does the trick! ~Emma

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