I am fairly sure that there are many out there who would have no interest at all in this post. If I were to tell Jason all about my amazing new embroidery hoop he would most certainly zone out on the word 'hoop' if not 'embroidery'! But here in blogland I know there are those who care about such things so I am sharing it with you (although I may well share it with Jason later anyway and see just when he stops listening!)
Normally I am an avoider of plastic. I love the lovely wooden hoops but I saw many embroiderers using plastic hoops and enjoying them and so I was tempted and I have to admit this hoop holds the fabric beautifully. Usually I do have to keep tightening the fabric but so far this hoop seems to keep it in place. I haven't removed the fabric yet and I'm not sure it would be suitable for a delicate fabric but for calico or heavyweight linen it seems perfect. It is from Sew and So and they do a 4" or a 6" version. The hoop is made by Susan Bates so it is possible that it's available elsewhere.
It's not the prettiest of hoops so I wouldn't use it to frame an embroidery. This (and the extra cost) means that I won't be using it in my kits at the moment.
and speaking of kits my supplies have arrived so I will be busy this week making up some more kits
this one and...
with a few colour changes this one too
Hope you're all having a lovely crafty week