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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2009 02:38:22 PM »

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I've seen those at Michaels,

Ahhhh....there in lies the problem as the Michaels here has a high degree of suckage.
The only wooden hoops there look like they're made from pre-chewed popsicle sticks and balsa wood.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009 12:37:18 PM »

i haven't had good luck with the q snaps... the canvas moves around in there, and i don't know why.

i would love an old school metal w/ cork... so glorious...
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2009 06:42:49 PM »

I love my table/lap stand.
It wasn't too costly for a handcrafted stand-- I got it from Hearthside Craftworks here in Canada.
I want to order the Floor Stand or MAKE hubby make one just for me. Tongue

I must use a stand because it allows me to stitch with 2 hands.....which doesnt hurt my wrist as much. (it doesnt twist it as much)

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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2009 08:54:56 PM »

I love reading the different comments to see who likes what. Now it is my turn to put my two cents in. I have been cross stitching for many years and I still haven't fine tuned everything. I like to get fresh perspectives. But for now, these are what I use.

For small projects (like ornaments), I have a 6 inch hoop that is a metal ring that you pinch together to fit inside a plastic outer hoop. I have tried the 8 inch but it wasn't a tight hold like the 6 inch had. I do have an 8inch plastic hoop that has a lip on the inner hoop and a tightening knob on top but I only use the if the 6inch hoop is too small and the hoop circles are in risk of showing.

For medium projects (which is the majority of what I work), I have an assortment of Qsnaps that I can mix and match. I have a set of 8inches, 11 inches (as well as adaptors to make into 14 inches, and a pair of 17 inches. I willing do love them. They don't leave marks like hoops do. There are few things that I would like to mention if you are interested in getting some. The clamps will lose tension over time but is easily fixed. All you have to do is throw them into the dishwasher. Sometimes you might have to put rubber bands around the clamps but it works really well the fix the tension problem. And they get clean on top of that. The other issue is that the corners get will grudging if I am working on a project for a while. There is an accessory that works great to fix that. They are qsnap covers.  Basically elasticated fabric that fits over the qsnap. They also are nice to tuck in excess cross stitch fabric.  They are easily broken down to make transport easy.

For larger projects, I haven't really found "The One" but my lokscroll is the best scroll frame I have found. Using the larger qsnap can be unwielding unless I use a floor stand. I also use the floor stand for the scroll frame as well.

Hopefully this info will help you in your search.
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2009 04:52:07 AM »

For little on-the-go type projects I use the metal springy ones sunnysarah mentioned. Quick and easy, I find they hold tension excellently and it's no work to undo them again at the end of the session.

For my larger projects and ones that I don't want to take in and out of hoops at every session I use a roll bar frame like mrxstitch. I have a few different sizes, so several projects can be framed at once, and a floor stand (of a slightly different layout than his). What I do slightly differently is treat is a little like a slate frame and 'baste' it to the sides - that way tension is kept horizontally as well as vertically. It's a bit annoying to have to undo that all to roll the bars and move the embroidery up, but for the stumpwork pieces etc I only work on a frame which can show the entire work at once, so that's not too much of a problem.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2009 02:37:02 PM »

I love my table/lap stand.
It wasn't too costly for a handcrafted stand-- I got it from Hearthside Craftworks here in Canada.
I want to order the Floor Stand or MAKE hubby make one just for me. Tongue

I must use a stand because it allows me to stitch with 2 hands.....which doesnt hurt my wrist as much. (it doesnt twist it as much)

I decided to get one like this instead of a floor frame and started working with it last night.  Do you find that you have any trouble getting your work tight enough?  Mine is definitely a less expensive version from JoAnn's, so that might be it, or maybe I was just too afraid to pull it tight enough.  But it seemed so loose it was almost hard to stitch.  (Sorry, I'm very new to frames.  I am kind of self taught I guess and I just always used the embroidery hoop I had taken from my mom's house.  This is the first time I've worked on a project that needs frames and I'm finding it to be a little harder than I thought.)
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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2009 10:50:41 AM »

I have never had any problems with attaching to the roll bars.
I machine sew(long stitches) my adia onto the bars instead of hand sewing it on. I do take my time doing this because yes it can sometimes be too loose-- then I pull it apart and start again because it doesnt take too long to redo it anyways.  Its seems to work perfectly. Also when you are not working on your needlework-- loosen the knobs because that can warp the material- then tighten up again when your stitching again.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2009 03:33:47 PM »

Back in the days of our great-grannies they made a metal hoop with a tension spring on the outside ring, and the inside ring had a cork lining that gripped the fabric like a vise! I had my Mom's and Grandma's...they were wonderful!

I had to retire mine last year as they were leaving rust stains and corrosion marks on my fabric.  I'm using the plastic rings and I hate that you have to re-tighten them all the time.  I've used wood but didn't like it.

Thanks for the kudos on the Q-snaps...I've looked at them but hadn't heard from anyone that liked them, as I seem to be the last hand-embroiderer in my county!  Will pick a couple up this week and give 'em a try.

I found some of these at a ben franklin 5 & 10 in grand marais, mn.  i love them.
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