Some people prefer to stitch free-hand. Personally I find it results in untidy stitches and very dirty fabric (no matter how many times you wash your hands).
Others prefer to use an embroidery hoop:
I only ever use them for small designs. They do tend to badly crease the fabric and, once again, means a lot of contact with your hands; so they get dirty.
Then we have the frame. These come in many guises so I'll only mention my preferences.
Firstly we have the Symphony No-Sew frame.
These can be bought here: Willow Fabrics - Symphony frame
The Symphony frame has a hollow cross bar which the fabric is pushed into. It is then held in place by a long dowel. Like this:
Finally, and relatively new to me, is the Able Stretcher frame from Viking Loom
There are various sizes and, this is what they look like:
It's made of very hard plastic. It's heavier than a hoop but about the same as a frame and can be used with any floor stand.
Talking of floor stands...once again there are many on the market. My personal preference - and one I had to save my pennies for - is made by Lowery.
You can buy here: Sew and Sew - Lowery Workstand
Then we have a brilliant accessory. Maybe not an essential; but, once again, I personally wouldn't be without it.
This is the Tanto Thread Organiser. Which can be bought here: Tanto Thread Organiser
One of the excellent things about this is that you can buy extra thread wheels separately; so you can have more than one project on the go and just swap them over as needed.
Finally, an absolutely must in my opinion....somewhere comfortable to sit:
I hope you enjoyed my essentials list.
I have a Lowery as well, absolutely love it for my HAED designs. Most other projects I stitch in hand or with a hoop depending what it is.ReplyDelete
That Lowery appears to be AMAZING. Thank you for sharing the link to where to purchase :DReplyDelete
You're welcome Carla. If you get a Lowery, you won't be disappointed!ReplyDelete
I have a Lowery, use Able frames and keep the back of my work as tidy as possible! So glad to hear that other,people have the same views!ReplyDelete