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Cross Stitch 101: Hoops, Q-Snaps, Stretcher Bars, and Scroll Frames

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 Hoop
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.

Pros:

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…