Embroidery for beginners: How to dress the hoop
FOR WOODEN HOOPS
Put the fabric into the hoop
Now put your fabric into the hoop. Separate the two rings of the hoop, put the fabric on the smaller ring and slowly fit the larger ring over the other one. Make sure you position the pattern so that it‘s right in the middle and all lines are in the stitching area of your hoop. There should be no creases in the fabric anymore. If there are creases put on the larger ring again. Now you can tighten the screw so that the fabric stays in place.
Watch this video showing the process of dressing a wooden hoop and some other hoop versions out there:
The most important thing to know about tension is: if your fabric is stretched unevenly it has the potential to ruin your whole piece.
Imagine you take your piece of fabric and put it in a hoop. Now, pull on the left, then pull on the bottom. Then stitch on it for hours and what happens when you get the fabric comes out of the hoop? Right, it will take its former shape. So the previously perfect round shape you stitched on, will tilt towards the right and top. Oops.
This is why it is very important to adjust the fabric evenly after you have put it into the hoop. If you see the fabric doesn’t sit right in the hoop: take it out and set up again. I loosen the tension of the hoop a little bit when the first try was not successful.
In the image below you can see the difference between a hoop with an even (left) and uneven tension (right). The pattern of the fabric on the right side is tilting upwards.
The Beginner Route – learn the basics
Step 1 // Tools – Step 2 // Materials – Step 3 // Pattern transfer – Step 4 // Dressing the hoop (you are here) – Step 5 // Start & end threads – Step 6 // first stitches – Step 7 // Framing in the hoop
Don’t know what this ‘route’ thingy means? Start here.
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