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Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

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Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Lyudmila » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:21 am

:\| I see long threads on forums in which newbies ask what equipment is better and are given advice and then boast of what they have bought.

At some point I was curious how people work on those standing frames if the project is large. And I watched some videos. ;;}( Little wonder so many old stitchers complain about aching shoulders. You sit in front of that construction with your arms stretched out, making unneeded movements (adjusting the frame, rotating, turning, etc.). What is the pleasure if it is another physical work?

I know it is like discussing why one holds a spoon in her left or right hand(none of my business). But isnt all this due to two reasons- someone taught you to use hoops and all that equipment and all the advertizing by sellers?

Isnt it more pleasant to stitch in the corner of the sofa, with the chart on your left, the threads in the storage box and the scissors on the right and the dog next to you? I hear many say that a large project needs to be stitched on a frame. I did stitch 3.4 metre tablecloth in hands and nothing was wrong with that tablecloth or me.

So the question for the first day of winter time is as follows: :)] Why do you or Why do you not use hoops, frames, etc? :)]
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby steamboats » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:25 am

Lyudmila wrote:Isnt it more pleasant to stitch in the corner of the sofa, with the chart on your left, the threads in the storage box and the scissors on the right and the dog next to you?


I only disagree in one point ;-) - I prefer my cat next to me Gi{{ !

I usually stitch on my sofa. I don´t have a place for a large standing frame. I either stitch out of the hand for smaller projects or do use various sizes of Q-Snap frames. I don´t like hoops und less it´s a round pattern.

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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby daisy_lil2000 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:39 am

I use a floor frame for bigger projects (which is 99.9% of the time) as I don't have the strength in my hands like I use to, to hold the bigger frames. I don't use hoops, don't like them. I have a comfy arm chair to sit in with my dog who loves to sit next to me when I'm stitching, (the cat would rather stay in her heated house/bed) lol I don't have any problems with stretching or neck ache's as the feet of the floor stand slide's under the bottom of the arm chair so I can pull it right up to me, instead of me to it! I also have a floor lamp & small table which holds the pattern stand with pattern, scissors, floss and colored pencils which I use to mark of areas on a pattern as I go along, a different colored pencil for each symbol, makes life so much easier. ;;}(
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Dragonlair » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:53 am

Unless the project is smaller than will fit in a 6" hoop, I use a hoop. I can use up to a 10" hoop but that is just barely. My hands are too small to hold the 10" easily. I prefer either 6" or 8". Smaller hoops require too much moving and the back is small and often difficult to weave the needle through the back to end off a thread.

I've tried the Q-snaps but they don't work for me. I like my fabric really drum tight and they don't hold the tension well. Even with something between the frame and the snaps, they slip. I got tendonitis in my hands trying to keep that tension.

Small projects I do in my hands.

My cat often tries to "help" but I can't stitch with her around. She tries to eat the floss! OOP:}
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Lyudmila » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:39 pm

In autumn and winter I often stitch at my daughter's as they have larger (bow) windows. The Yorkshire terrier(5 and half years old) loves it when I stitch enormous tablecloths. He would sleep on the free end of the fabric. As he has hair instead of fur, no problem with that at all. I wash my works anyway after stitching and never ever came across his hair.He knows the words, "Let's go and stitch" and is on the sofa before me.

But he has a bad habit of "robbing" me of bobbins. Must be part of his game, I think. He knows I will shout and chase him. But if I dont he brings it back and puts next to the box.

Who tames whom? Now, even if I stitch in my home, I keep checking if the box with threads is closed and rush to pick up a bobbin before it reaches the floor Gi{{ . For the sake of security, I dont leave the needle in the fabric. But dogs differ. A spaniel from upstairs, for example, sits or lies next to the neighbour when she stitches, then she may leave the needle in the fabric and the open box with a hundred of bobbins, and her Dina does not care at all. No curiosity to those things whatsoever.
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Leslie » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:48 pm

I stitch in hand as well . I find q snaps or hoops more tiring for me to hold and the only time a tried a floor frame I found the flipping over to secure ends a major nuisance. I did like the 2 handed stitching I could do with the floor frame however.
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Patricia » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:21 pm

Usually in hand. With a larger project, though, I do like to use q-snaps. I have some nice hoops I've used for small projects periodically. They are a rubber type ring with a metal inner hoop that your fabric goes over and fits snugly inside the ring.

I don't have the room for a floor stand so have never even tried one.
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby mkjt » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:02 pm

I'm self-taught cross stitcher. I stitch in-hand on all sizes of projects.

I stitched a pattern on a yard of evenweave and the tension was good.

The only time I use hoops is when I do embroidery.

I sit on the couch with threads to my left, pattern and material stitching on in front of me on a
TV stand. And, on the arm of the couch a bag for leftover threads from stitching. People know
not to sit there. Sorry no dog or cat to keep me company, while I stitch.
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby Beaj » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:36 pm

I stitch mostly in hand as I usually do smaller articles. When I do larger projects I use a hoop and find it is easier to do any backstitcing that's required. My pattern ...scissors & threads are on my left on a table. The OTT light is behind my chair and I'm good to go. Gi{{
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Re: Why Do You Use (Or Do Not Use) hoops, frames and such like?

Postby AnnieO » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:23 am

I always use a hoop...I have no luck with my tension otherwise.
I tried a floor stand one but soon realized that my back disliked it.
I do have a bench stand to attach my hoops but still haven't used it enough to know if I like it.
I have many many hoops...the spring loaded ones for tiny projects are great but mostly I use the thick wooden ones that I can get really tight.I don't mind moving them as I work.
I stitch sitting at the kitchen bench with over head directional lights and my 2.5 mag glasses over my everyday graduated glasses..not a pretty sight at all but it works for me.

I feel as this is a relaxing hobby so we are all should be happy whatever way we get our projects finishes..no rules

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