Choosing a Hoop

A hoop is a necessary thing for every embroiderer. It evenly pulls the canvas in order to make stitches straight, and helps to avoid bias and canvas contractions.

The choice of hoops is vast nowadays, and each needlewoman can choose the most convenient variant to work with.

Traditional round hoop is perfect for beginners. It is easy to use and pulls the fabric well. Its compact size (diameter varies from 10 to 30 cm) allows to stitch wherever you want. The hoops are usually made of wood or plastic. It is hard to tell what kind is better; it depends on your personal preferences.

Since embroideries vary in size, it is better to have a few hoops of different diameter. This will facilitate your work and you won't need to rearrange the hoop often. Therefore, your embroidery will get less stained or wrinkled. Experienced needlewomen recommend wrap a white cotton tape around the hoop before you begin embroidering. This little trick will help to avoid slipping of fabric in the hoop.

Another kind is a framed hoop, sometimes called tapestry hoop. Usually it is wooden and is used for large-sized embroidery. The fabric is attached to such hoop at the top and bottom with pins or special plastic clips. The size of the framework is large enough: 30х30 cm, 45х30 cm, 68х30 cm, etc. There are some obvious advantages of such hoop. First of all the fabric does not get wrinkled or deformed, secondly, there is no need to rearrange the hoop. The negative point is that the fabric is stretched only to two sides, so the work's stretching must be good enough, requiring good skills from the embroiderer. And as tapestry hoop is larger, respectively, it weighs more and therefore is often used with special holders.