Friday, March 21, 2014
Eureka! Better Hoop Habits with Rebecca from Hugs Are Fun!
Visiting us today to share her own Eureka! tip is Rebecca Greco from Hugs Are Fun. You might remember Rebecca as the winner of our flash cards competition - she designs cute, modern cross-stitch patterns and has some awesome kits (I want one myself!) up in her Hugs Are Fun Etsy shop! Take it away, Rebecca!
For the first few years of cross stitching I used plastic embroidery hoops, but I kept ending up with dirty circles on my fabric when I was done. I couldn't figure out what was causing it and I spent all my time trying to find a way to clean it off instead of finding a way to fix it.
The solution ended up being a very simple one that made me feel pretty silly for not realizing sooner. The secret is to remove the hoop in between stitching sessions. Dust and dirt gets trapped under the hoop and by leaving it tightened for days, weeks, or months (I don't know how long it takes you to finish a project!), it will stain the fabric. You should loosen the screw on the outer hoop when you aren't working, but ideally you should remove it completely.
I found it to be pretty inconvenient to remove the hoop every time I worked, so I made the switch from embroidery hoops to Q-snaps, a square plastic frame with clips to hold the fabric in place. I prefer the Q-snap because it keeps a more even tension and I haven't had any issues with the pesky circles of dirt on my fabric.
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