What is an embroidery hoop and what are its benefits?
If you are into cross-stitching, you may have come across the term “embroidery hoop”. An embroidery hoop is a circular or oval-shaped frame that is used to stretch the fabric while you stitch. Its benefits include:
Better tension control
When you use an embroidery hoop, you have better control over the tension of your fabric. The hoop keeps the fabric taut, which makes it easier to create neat and even stitches. Without an embroidery hoop, you may end up with loose or uneven stitches.
Prevent fabric puckering and distortion
One of the worst things that can happen to your cross-stitch piece is fabric puckering. This occurs when the fabric is pulled too tightly or when uneven tension is applied. An embroidery hoop helps prevent puckering by keeping the fabric taut and evenly stretched.
Easier to handle the fabric
Working on a small piece of fabric can be difficult when you don’t have anything to hold onto. An embroidery hoop serves as a handle for your fabric that makes it easier to manipulate, especially when you need to work on detailed or intricate designs.
Protect your work
Another benefit of using an embroidery hoop is that it helps protect your work. When you are cross-stitching, it’s easy to accidentally smear or smudge your work with your hands. An embroidery hoop keeps your work elevated off the surface, making it less likely for it to come into contact with anything that could damage it.