HOOP vs FRAME
|Common Embroidery Hoop|
You can use a common embroidery hoop, but let me point out, your fabric has got to be drum tight to punch, or your loops will be uneven. When using a common embroidery hoop the fabric tends to loosen up as you work and you will you’ll find you are always pulling the fabric to make it tight.
|Detail of groove on the Morgan Hoop|
The Morgan Hoop is engineered to hold the fabric taut. It has a groove in the ring that keeps the fabric in place. They come in a variety of sizes from 5”, 7”, 9”, 10”, 12”, 14”, and 17” diameter.
They also have a lap stand that holds two usable hoops one smaller on larger (varying sizes also) to set on your lap as you work.
I also found there is a floor stand that hold varying hoop sizes. Until I started researching this post. I never knew they existed.
Isn't it wonderful to be constantly learning.
They are a good investment but perhaps wait until you know if this hobby is the hobby for you.
Many people swear by the Morgan Hoop and never switch to a frame.
I also want to point out that with any hobby or craft the better the tools the more enjoyable you will find your process.
|Grubers rug hooking frame|
If you find this is something you will do daily. I suggest a hooker frame. A hooker frame is about 14” x 14” square, and has gripper strips on the edges, with gnarly little teeth on all four sides. These little teeth can draw blood if you are not careful, sounds like a monster I know, but I love mine.
|My Punching Area|
I mounted mine to a small table at a straight back height, for the purpose of good posture. Be careful, holding a hoop can eventually give you arthritis and to help prevent this, a hookers frame is the way to go!
|Detail of Pivot on Hooker frame|
Let me also add, a frame with a center pivot point affords you the ability to spin your work without removing it.
If you decide you would also like to try rug hooking with wool strips, the hookers frame can be used for this also, so it is dual duty.
There are many frames on the market. You can Google Hookers Frames and make the appropriate choice for you.
There are many choices on the market for hoops and frames. These are just two, they are simply suggestions. Google, shop and enjoy the buying experience. I know at first it seems daunting and you're excited to get started or try new equipment but take the time and do the research. It is all part of the fun of Punch Needle!
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