Embroidery Hoops - Types and Craft Ideas
Embroidery hoops are two hoops, one that fits inside the other
used to stretch and hold fabric in place. The larger hoop has a
tightening device that allows you to clamp the two pieces together
and stretch the fabric that you are working on. They are
typically made of wood, but can be purchased in colorful plastic as
well. As the name suggests, they are typically used for embroidery,
but quilters, sewers, and even painters have been known to use
Embroidery Hoop Types and Materials
- Hand-held - these hoops usually range in
size from 4" to 12". They are lightweight, portable, less
bulky, and less expensive.
- Quilting - these hoops are 12" or larger, and
are used to hand quilt the top, batting, and quilt back
- Spring tension
- will not leave marks on your fabric, nor will
they leave large creases. Plastic rings are composed of two
parts: a plastic ring and a metal ring with a spring
adjustment on it. These are lightweight and perfect for
taking your project with you.
- a metal hoop with a metal lip that protects your hand
from paint. Useful for projects where you paint on fabric and need
the fabric to lay flat and smooth.
Machine embroidery hoops -help keep fabric from bunching during
machine embroidery; be sure to purchase the hoop that is right for
your machine. Always use stabilizer.
Table stand - helpful when both hands are needed in sewing,
such as making tambour lace. Table stands
provide the benefits of a floor stand, but they are more
Floor stand - helpful when both hands are needed in sewing, and
perfect for large projects like blankets, quilts, or rugs.
Stands usually require assembly. They allow the hoop to tilt
and most have an adjustable height. Many stands have a
removable hoop for smaller projects. Some stands are foldable
or collapsible for easy storage.
Wood - wood hoops are lightweight and portable, and make
achieving even tension a breeze.
Plastic - available in the traditional style with a tension
screw at the top of the outer ring, or in spring tension form with
a metal ring that fits inside the outer plastic ring. Susan Bates makes plastic
embroidery hoops in many neon colors.
Sizes of Embroidery Hoops (measured in
Embroidery hoops come in a wide variety of sizes, from very
small to exceptionally large. A 5-7" diameter hoop is good
for everyday embroidery. Special projects may require larger
or smaller hoops. For example, embroidering a handkerchief
may require a small hoop because it is a small piece of fabric,
while a quilt may require a much larger hoop, possibly on a
Embroidery Hoop Shapes
Round - The most commonly used embroidery hoops. They are
easiest to hold and come in a wide variety of sizes.
Oval - Best for wider embroidery and quilting projects. Sizing
is much more limited.
Square - generally meant for sewing machine use when machine
Brands that Carry Embroidery Hoops
More Embroidery Hoop Information and
For information on Aida Cloth, the woven fabric typically used
in embroidery and cross stitching, visit the aida cloth buying guide.
For information on using embroidery floss, visit the embroidery floss buying
- Hand Quilting
- Ballpoint Painting
- Use hoops as wall art-frame embroidery or fabric remnants
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