March 30, 2016

Question of the Week: Embroidery Hoops?

Hi all! It's been a while since I posted, but I'd love to get back into the swing of things, and what better way than to post a few of the questions we get via email!

Today's question comes from Ethel, who asks:

Having been a fabric artist for years, I’m still discovering embroidery and I’ve run into a snag. I can’t seem to buy any embroidery hoops here where I live. Michael’s said they don’t sell them any more, and 2 Walmart stores had none.

What do I have to do different to embroider without a hoop, as different from embroidering with a hoop?

As for myself, I have definitely had the hoop problem as well. My local craft stores stock very few wooden hoops, which are the ones I use most in crafts that I give away. I use the same plastic hoops for my larger projects over and over again. If I have to purchase a big batch of hoops, I usually go to Ebay, and snap up whatever vintage hoops I can find there.

Most of the hoops I used in the project below were scored on Ebay, and you can tell from the slightly different finishes:

5 lesson hoops

Now, I'm opening it up to all of you, because I am curious - where do you find your hoops? What are your favorites? Do any of you stitch without hoops, and if so, what advice can you give? :)

Be sure to click over to our Facebook group post above, there are some good suggestions there, too!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

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