Learn more about the embroidery hoop and how it doubles as a frame

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No matter what kind of embroidery you’re sewing, chances are you’ll be doing it in a embroidery hoop. An embroidery hoop is a vital part of craftsmanship; it helps keep your fabric taut and makes sewing quick and painless. Although the embroidery hoop is a simple tool, not all are created equal.

Embroidery hoops are available in different materials and quality may vary. Depending on your project, this might not matter much, especially if you plan to remove the seam from the hoop when you’re done. But in many cases, it’s fashionable to leave your work in the hoop when you’re done; it also serves as a frame to hang on the wall or give as a gift.

In this article, we’ll discuss the types of embroidery hoops you can buy, the benefits of a hoop stand, and how to “finish” your embroidery inside a hoop so it stays there. permanence.

Learn about different embroidery hoops, tips and tricks, and how to turn them into framed works of art.

Embroidery hoop and thread on fabric

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Popular types of embroidery hoops

When it comes to selecting an embroidery hoop, you basically have two material choices: wood Where Plastic. But within these two materials lies a spectrum of quality. You can often find cheap embroidery hoops, but you have to wonder if they will be of good quality (easy to adjust, stay tight, won’t leave permanent marks on your fabric). From the color of the wood, to the shape of the frame (not all of them are a perfect circle) to the type of closure for the hoop (most use a screw to tighten the fabric, but others may have a tightening function), you want to examine all the characteristics of the material.

Wooden embroidery hoops

Cross stitch of a blue bird in an embroidery hoop

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Bamboo hoops This type of hoop is one of the most popular embroidery hoops you can buy. Available in large quantities and in a variety of sizes, they are easy to find at most craft stores as well as online. However, not all are equal. You’ll want to look for hoops where the wood feels sturdy and will keep your fabric taut as you work on your project.

Try that: Similane hoops

Mini hoops Miniature hoops are handy if you want to create embroidered jewelry. These hoops are meant to be worn and displayed on a chain or made into a brooch. Alternatively, you can mount them in a small shadow box to display them on a desk.

Try that: Mini Embroidery Hoop by Zocone, Set of 10

Plastic embroidery hoops

Person squeezing a plastic hoop

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Retro-inspired plastic hoops — Want a retro-inspired design? This hoop style mimics the look of dark stained wood, but it’s a compelling plastic design. If you opt for the Caydo brand of this hoop, the top of the hoop has a hanging ring which makes it easy to display.

Try that: Caydo Hoops, set of 6

Colorful hoops — If you don’t smell like wood and like the ease of plastic, these types of circular hoops come in a variety of bright hues.

Try that: Set of 6 Similane hoops

Rectangular hoops — Sometimes a hoop just won’t work for what you’re trying to embroider. In this case, look for a rectangle hoop. Like colored circular hoops, this variety is often sold in sets and comes in many shades and sizes.

Try that: Caydo 5 Piece Set

Tips and tricks for the embroidery hoop

It’s not hard to use an embroidery hoop, but sometimes it feels like it’s working against you. To make sure that doesn’t happen, follow these tips and tricks.

  • Select the correct hoop size. You will want your drawing size and your hoop size to be as close to each other as possible. This means that your hoop will provide the most stabilization and ensure your fabric doesn’t move too much as you work.
  • For added stability, use a hoop stand. If you have a dedicated workspace and plan to embroider only there, a hoop– which grips the hoop like a vise – can provide additional stability. It also allows you to sew much faster because the hoop is held with a rigid force.
  • Avoid stretching your material. In an effort to stretch your fabric like a drum, it will be tempting to stretch your material as much as possible. But beware: this can cause your stitches to pucker and ruin a perfectly smooth surface of your fabric. Additionally, stretching too tight can cause “hoop burn,” which leaves a mark on your fabric after the hoop is gone.
Embroidery hoop with thread in it

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Finishing your embroidery hoop

One of the big embroidery trends is to leave your stitching inside the hoop. After all, the hoop is a frame and it is easy to hang it on the wall. (Makes it a great gift option!) But what about that extra fabric around your hoop? Do not cut the excess fabric; Instead, use one of these simple DIY methods to complete your embroidery project.

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