Please remember that whatever is in here is MY opinion which may, and probably, will be very different from your opinion. You might be sewing with a hoop and be happy, or a q-snapp or anything else I didn't like. But remember I DIDN'T LIKE it - not you. So if you like it great. I just didn't like most of these things for the reasons I stated.
Well if you want to leave marks on your work from the hoop then use one. If you look at anybody who uses a hoop you will see hoop marks. Hoop makers advise that you remove the hoop each time you finish your stitching. But let's be honest most of us either stitch for so long in a day that by the time the hoop is removed it's too late and the marks are already there. Although if you wrap white cotton bias binding around it, it might just help but I really don't know as I gave up on this hoop years and years ago. I couldn't get the hoop marks out of what I had stitched. Wish I'd kept some of these though because they make amazing frames for wall art. I never thought of that though - wish I had because then I wouldn't have chucked them away but kept them for something else.
Not much better than wooden hoops but they do have spring loaded ones and also Clover makes one that I bought a couple of years ago thinking it might just be better but alas it wasn't so I wasted yet more money. So what else is new I hear you ask yourself. Nothing absolutely nothing!!!
Well I didn't like hoops so on to the next thing. What is the next thing? Well it was the British version of Q-Snaps.
Now we are talking. I joined The Sampler Guild and the women here were using this frame:
|This is made by Needle Needs and you can buy it here|
|This is the Aristo stand which can also be used on a table top Stand|
|This is the Light and Magnifier in one and is £93.86|
but not to worry I have until August to save up for it because
that is when I'm going to the Quilting Exhibition in Birmingham
I have to admit that I only use this for large projects of which I have many. And They Sinned to mention my biggest sitting there doing nothing project.
|If you want to see this in|
all it's glory please go here
To be honest this is my favorite way of stitching. I love feeling the fabric and sitting on the couch with my stitching stuff all around me (DH hates it but never mind he has NEVER been a good compromiser it's his way or no way). I LOVE stitching and have missed it a lot over the last couple of years but I've only just realised it. You should only stitch in hand if your stitches don't look any different than if you stitch using an aid. It is a much faster way of stitching because if you are using a single color floss you can stitch one row going ////// and go back doing this \\\\\\. If you are stitching using a variagated thread like Caron Waterlillies or Cotton Sampler Threads by Gentle Arts (otherwise known as GAST) then you have to complete each stitch as you go along, but that's still easier in hand, for me anyway, than using a frame and that includes my lovely frame above of which I have two sets of side stretchers and numerous sizes of bars.
To finish this section I've realised a lot of things since my sister passed away and stitching was a huge part of my life for a long time and then I got angry over something and never stitched again. What a fool. You really only do live once so please don't muck it up. Life is way too short. Yesterday I was a newly married woman today I'm a grandma of four! I hope this has helped at least one person see the options and from my experience realised what they want to do and/or use or not as the case may be.
Until Next Time
Lots of Love