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Topic: Cross-stitch question - hoop or no hoop?  (Read 4975 times)
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2005 02:10:56 PM »

I have two different things I use, q-snaps for small project and a large wooden scroll for the bigger ones (although I've only worked on one so far)  I love the scroll because you don't get any creases at all in the project, you just roll the piece up or down depending on where you're working on it.  At first it was annoying because it would get loose...but then I found out that taping the top of the fabric to the little wooden piece that holds the fabric tight to the top scroll fixes that.   

You also have a place to hold onto your work instead of touching the fabric (even though i still held onto the fabric at the top and left a little dirty spot at first...didn't realize it would do that).  it has wooden "handles" on the sides.

I've done a few stitches by hand, but they don't look as neat as the rest of the piece.
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2005 01:21:38 PM »

Cross stitching is one of my favourite hobbies.  I can tell you that I always use a hoop, unless the project is too small to get a hoop for.  You can get hoops made of plastic that just have snap in metal bits, but I prefer the ones you tighten manually.  You get a much stronger hold that way.  Although the wood hoops are nice, they sometimes leave dirty marks on your fabric.  I personally opt for the plastic manually tightening ones.  (They have a little circley thing you tiwst to tighten.)  When you find out what you prefer, be sure to post it here!
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2005 11:14:36 AM »

I am completely retarded if I don't use a hoop...I use the springy metal and plastic ones that I have had since I was little.  I didn't realize there were adjustable plastic ones...I might have to go look into that.  I never used wood ones because they just seemed like they would dirty and snag everything...too much hassle.  But the springy ones don't like to hold onto heavily stitched areas, and sometimes "sproing open" at the worst possible moment.
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