When I started embroidering seriously about a year ago, I was confused by the references to different kinds of stitching frames and stands on various internet sites. All I was familiar with was the simple round hoop I grew up using. Now that I’ve been working seriously for a little over a year, I thought I’d take a minute to show you some photos of the different kinds of things I use and talk about why and when I choose to use them.
Before I go on, I will admit that I don’t stitch without mounting my fabric on something. I always use a frame or a hoop. Squishy, loose fabric produces squishy, loose stitches in my case. I know there are embroiderers out there who can stitch just fine holding the fabric loosely in their hands – but I’m not one of them.
I’m working on three different projects right now and using three different methods to hold the fabric in place as I stitch.
The Crewel Phoenix is mounted on an Evertite frame and held with my System 4 stand.
Here are the components:
An Evertite Frame is made up of 4 pieces of wood, two top and two side pieces. The frames come is many lengths so you can pretty much have a frame to fit any embroidery piece you’re working on. Of course, you have to have lots of different lengths and they aren’t cheap. A pair (two pieces of the same length) runs between $12 for a 6 inch pair up to $19 for a 26 inch pair. I get mine from Stitchers’ Paradise in the USA. I order them when I know I’m going home and then carry them back in my suitcase. Unfortunately, they aren’t available outside the USA…yet.
The fabric is mounted on the frame using tacks and the frame can be tightened if the fabric gets looser as you stitch.