There's no shortage of tools to help you hold your embroidery while you're working. But which one is the right one to use?
Like a lot of things in life, it largely comes down to preference and what you're working on. The four most common tools are hoops, Q-snaps, stretcher bars, and scroll frames, and they each have their pros and cons.
Embroidery hoops are the standard and most widely-used method. They come in a variety of materials, most commonly in wood and plastic. Metal hoops can be found from time to time, but they're not as popular as they once were. Plastic hoops are gaining traction, but while they may be nicer to work on, framing a finished piece in a wooden hoop will probably never stop being a thing.
Easiest to work on without a stand. Hoops are generally easy to hold onto, and if a stand is preferred, can easily fit into most lap stands.Easiest to find in most stores. While other options may be available, hoops tend to have the lar…
Have you ever wanted to make your own patches to stick on your favourite coat or bag, or to sell in your Etsy shop? Cross stitch patches are great for those little sprite-like designs. Patches are easiest to make when they're square, but any geometric shape will work. Once you get comfortable with the process, you can even begin to follow the contours of the design for more intricate and detailed patches. What you will need: Stitched design on Aida clothSturdy tapestry needleSmall, sharp scissors Iron (optional)Floss for your outline colour
Once you've finished stitching your design, you'll want to cut it out. This step requires precision, so embroidery scissors are recommended. Using the holes in the fabric as a guideline, cut straight edges around your entire patch, leaving a border of about five empty spaces between the edge of your design and the edge of the fabric. Fold the fabric back, leaving a border of one empty space between the edge of your design and the fold.…