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Choosing A Needlecraft Working Frame

Choosing A Needlecraft Working Frame

At Siesta Frames we are often asked for advice on the type of frame to use for a project and the ease or difficulty of using them. There are so many working frames available today that it is very easy to become confused over which type to choose, especially when you are a beginner.
The following gives a brief discussion of the use of a variety of popular frames, including some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of frame


Points to remember when choosing a frame:-
1. Type of fabric, e.g. fine, coarse, etc.
2. Size of the work
3. Weight of frame (in case of physical problems such as arthritis).
4. Type of stitches involved in the project.
5. Portability.
6. Ease of assembly.
7. Will it be used in a stand?
8. Cost

Hoops

Hoops

Hoops are perhaps the least expensive and most readily available frame. They are mainly circular but some oval ones are available. They are very simple to use and can be moved around easily, but care should be taken not to put the hoop over stitched areas as this may damage the stitching. Square or rectangular designs require an extra fabric allowance all around and a larger hoop may be required to enable stitching into the corners, this often means wasted fabric.

Where a project has both freestyle and counted embroidery stitches, the hoop is quickly and easily positioned or removed as required. Hoops are generally not suitable for canvas work.

Cons. Hoops are generally not so suitable for canvas work, Work should not be left in hoops when not stitching to avoid hoop marks , Square or rectangular designs require an extra fabric allowance all around and a larger hoop can be used to enable stitching into the corners, this often means wasted fabric.


There are three main types of hoops, Embroidery, Quilting and Spring tension.



Wooden hoops can be bound with tape before use to prevent marking the fabric and slipping. Ideally, the hoop should be big enough to enclose the complete design and hoops are therefore restricted to smaller projects.

Pros , Inexpensive, Lightweight , Easily put together, Good tension, Takes up little room, Good for small projects, Where a project has both freestyle and counted embroidery stitches the hoop is quickly and easily positioned or removed as required

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery hoops are typically 3/8" (10mm) deep and range in size from 3" to 12" diameter and are widey used in many needle crafts such as cross-stitching. Embroidery hoops come in a variety of styles annd materials, e.g. plastic, wood, spring tension, etc. Ideally,the hoop should be big enough to enclose the complete design and hoops are therefore generally better for use with smaller projects.












Square or rectangular designs require an extra fabric allowance all around and a larger hoop may be required to enable stitching into the corners, this often means wasted fabric.

Where a project has both freestyle and counted embroidery stitches, the hoop is quickly and easily positioned or removed as required. Hoops are generally not suitable for canvas work.








Quilting Hoops

Quilting Hoops


Quilting hoops are typically 1" (25mm) deep and range in size from 12" to 18" diameter and made of wood. As the name implies they are primarily used for quilting or other large projects.










Plastic Hoops

Plastic Hoops

Some plastic embroidery hoops have non-slip lip to hold the fabric better and a larger tightening screw which makes it easier to tighten with arthritic hands and wrists.










Spring Tension Hoops

Spring Tension Hoops

Spring Tension Hoops are more expensive but they have an inner sprung metal ring providing superior tension. They are easier to adjust than hoops with a fiddly screw tightener. Spring hoops are available in smaller sizes 3" to 7"














Tapestry Frames/ Hand Rotating Frames

Tapestry Frames/ Hand Rotating Frames


Traditional tapestry or hand rotating frames are suitable for needlepoint and cross-stitch and can be used with canvas, aida cloth, linen, etc.
The frames come in various sizes, usually consisting of 12? side bars and a pair of rollers. The rollers have a strip of canvas for stitching the fabric onto.

Once stitched on the excess fabric is rolled up until the required tension is achieved. Work is usually left on the frame until finished.

These frames are generally sold as a complete frame and the side bars and rollers are not sold separately.

Pros
Work is kept flat and clean
Reasonably priced

Good range of sizes
Suitable for most size projects

Cons
Fiddly to stitch the cloth on to the canvas strips.
Work can sometimes come loose during progress and has to be stitched on again
Frame quite heavy






Siesta No-Sew Roller Frames

Siesta No-Sew Roller Frames

This type of hand rotating frame does the same job as the ?traditional? tapestry frame but has several differences. Side bars and rollers are sold separately enabling the stitcher to use any size side bar with any width roller.











The fabric is attached to the rollers with masking tape and secured with a desktop stapler. The wood is very lightweight and takes a staple easily.









No-Sew Pros & Cons

Pros
No stitching on.
Up to 50percent lighter than traditional frames
Good tension
Additional sidebar holes for a third roller to clamp the frame without damaging the work

Work is kept flat and clean
Excellent range of sizes







The frames are easily converted to floor or lap stands with the optional sets of
legs sold separately








Siesta Clip'n'Sew Roller Frames

Siesta Clip'n'Sew Roller Frames

Clip'n'Sew roller frames are hand rotating frames that are similar to Siesta's No-Sew frames in that the side bars and rollers are sold separately enabling the stitcher to use any size side bar with any width roller. But in addition the fabric is held in place on the specially profiled plastic rollers and plastic clips hold the fabric firmly and give a circular profile when the fabric is rolled up on the roller.







Siesta Mini No-Sew Frames

Siesta Mini No-Sew Frames




If you stitch a lot of small projects, the Mini No-Sew frame is probably for you. They are great for small things such as cards, mini bell pulls, bookmarks and small pictures. The fabric is taped on to the rollers with masking tape and just rolled up.
Various size rollers fit into 4?, 6? or 9? side bars. The made up frame is lightweight and only suitable for finer fabrics such as aida and linen.

Pros
Excellent for small projects
Very light to hold
No wasted fabric
Easily set up
Finished work is clean and crease free

Cons
Limited to finer weight fabrics.




Easy Clip Frame

Easy Clip Frame

The Easy Clip is another type of roller frame which does not require stitching on of the fabric. The fabric is held in place with plastic clips which slot into a groove on the rollers. The frame is easily set up and holds aida cloth, linen and canvas.

Pros
Quick to assemble
Good tension
Lots of sizes

Cons
Frame quite heavy















Universal Craft Frame

Universal Craft Frame

This popular plastic frame is ideal for quilting, cross-stitch and tapestry work. There is a good variety of sizes, both square and rectangular.

The fabric is held in place with plastic clips on all sides. As with hoops care should be taken to not to place the clips over stitched areas.

Pros
Very easy to assemble
Suits most fabrics
Variety of sizes
Whole of the stitching area in view

Cons
Slightly bulkier to hold














Able Stretcher Frame

Able Stretcher Frame

The Able Stretcher is an adjustable plastic frame which forms squares and rectangles and is suitable for most fabrics. The frame can be made smaller or larger by moving the corner pegs into holes in the sides of the frame.

The work is held in place with plastic clips slotted into a groove in the frame.

Pros
Good tension
Each frame adjustable in size
Total stitching area in view

Cons
Take care not to lose clips
Larger sizes are best worked in a stand
More difficult to hold when frame is reduced down to its smallest size.










Siesta Interlocking Bar Frames

Siesta Interlocking Bar Frames

This is probably the most lightweight wooden frame on the market today.

This is probably the most lightweight wooden frame on the market today.

The wooden bars come in pairs of different sizes and any two pairs lock together at the corners to make a square or rectangular frame, e.g. one pair of 8? and one pair of 10? make a frame 8" by 10?.
The frame is made to fit the fabric which is edged with masking tape and attached to the frame with drawing pins or staples.

Very small pieces of fabric can be stretched in this way, cutting out waste and many sizes of bars are available to suit all size requirements. Suitable for most types of fabric and perfect for use in stands due to the lightness of the frame.
Pros Cons
Extremely light to hold Largest sizes are best worked in a stand
Makes any size
Finished work does not require stretching or ironing
Perfect with stands
Packs of sizes available
Total stitching area in view



Grip-n-Stitch

Grip-n-Stitch

A new type of plastic frame consisting of assorted pieces which screw and slot together to make a frame size of your choice.

When the frame is assembled, strips of fabri-grip slide onto the sides which grips the fabric in place.
Each pack makes assorted square and rectangular frames from 7? square up to 14? square

The pack includes protective side pieces to cover the fabri-grip teeth when holding the frame.
Pros Cons
Multi sizes Lots of small pieces
Excellent tension Takes time to assemble .









Hands Free Stitching

Hands Free Stitching

Certain frames are easier to work with if placed in a floor or seat stand.
A good selection of the different types of Needlecraft Work Stands can be seen in Siesta's Needlecraft Stands section..

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