If you have been doing needlework for quite a while now, you have probably heard of embroidery hoops a number of times. You might even be using one yourself already. Embroidery hoops are very simple yet infinitely helpful tools in assisting you to create a professional-looking embroidery project.
While there are some seasoned embroiderers who prefer not to use embroidery hoops, the majority of needlework fanatics do find them to be indispensable tools in the art of embroidery. This is because they take so much hassle and confusion out of the process, allowing you to practice your hobby with comfort.
Embroidery hoops are commonly available in round or oval shapes. They come in a wide variety of sizes and are typically made from wood, plastic or spring tension. Most people prefer using the plastic or spring variety because of their tighter grip on the fabric.
There are also particular kinds of embroidery hoops that must be used for certain fabric types so before you go ahead and buy your set, make sure you know the size and kind of fabric you are going to use first. Most embroidery hoops though are compatible with any kind of fine weave fabric such as linen and Aida.
Using embroidery hoops is very simple, but you do need to keep certain things in mind to avoid causing damage to your embroidery project. If your fabric stays on the embroidery hoops for a very long time, creases and stains may appear on the part grasped by the hoop. This is why it is imperative that you remove the fabric from the hoops every time you finish a needlework session and keep them in a safe place.
Also, if you are going to secure the fabric with the embroidery hoops along areas that already have embroidery on them, make sure that you line it first with a thin soft fabric in order to avoid messing up the thread and the stitches that are already in place. This precautionary measure can also prevent the appearance of stains on your embroidery cloth.
When using these devices, the stabbing method of stitching is more natural to use as opposed to the scoop system. The scooping method usually involves the constant scrunching up of the fabric as you handle it, which may create a very messy look for your finished product. The stabbing method on the other hand allows you to create stitches while retaining the tautness of the fabric.
Embroidery hoops are particularly useful for those people who are just learning the art of needlework. With the fabric pulled taut by the hoops, you can clearly see the stitches that you are executing as well as the progress that you are making on your embroidery project. This will encourage you to keep going and will in effect help you learn the art of needlework much faster.