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 la…
I have a lot of fabric. Like, a stupid amount of fabric. This video just went up and it's already outdated because I've dyed more fabric in between filming this video and now.
With a few exceptions, all of my fabric has been hand-dyed by me. Most of it is leftover stock from my store, but with me focusing on videos and streaming full time, I decided against liquidating it when I closed everything down, and kept it to use with projects.
The only problem with this plan is I will be working on projects for several lifetimes. I have a stupid amount of fabric. Most of it's 18ct and 22ct, but there's some 14ct, and 16ct in the mix as well. And maybe some 28ct? There was a piece of 25ct that didn't make it into the video because I'd tried to put something on it, decided I didn't like it, and need to frog it. And I thought I had some 28ct lying around, but I can't remember if I ever actually looked at any during this video, or if it got stuck in a box o…
It's summer, and summer always throws everything out of whack for me. It's hot, I get sick easily because it's hot, and a lot of stuff falls by the wayside or gets forgotten because I spend so much time being sick. On top of that, my computer gets grumpy, so even if I'm not sick, not a lot gets done.
There is some stuff I've managed to get done this year though. First and foremost, I'm finally making progress on getting this thing I call a recording room actually looking and functioning like a recording room. I'm not completely happy with it, and am going to make a few more changes over the course of today, but I'm also no longer trapped in a box when I record.
Right now, my core concerns are lighting, and being able to put things like my scissors and floss and monitor in places where they won't constantly be at risk of rolling away or falling over. Also, the way I had my monitor when I streamed last night was just impossible to see.