Stitchqueries: Can I Use a Hoop to Stitch on Linen?

This question comes from Christine in our Facebook Community about stitching on linen.

I’m just getting back into stitching and want to try stitching on linen but I read that you don’t use a hoop when stitching on linen. Do you use a hoop?

First of all, always great to see someone getting back into stitching! :)

Yes, you can use a hoop, a Q-Snap, a scroll frame, etc, whatever you’re most comfortable with.

I do recommend taking the hoop or Q-Snap off when you’re not stitching on it to avoid hoop marks and fabric distortion.

Also, if you’re using a hoop you’ll probably want to play with the tension a bit before you begin stitching as linen is more prone to distortion than aida fabric and will stretch in all sorts of funny ways if the tension is too much.

I do find that a Q-Snap offers a more even tension than a hoop, especially when using a quirky linen with the tendency to distort easily.

Happy Stitching!

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About Loretta

I’ve been a cross stitcher since I was 8 years old. It was something I learned as a Girl Scout when we did a project for a badge related to crafts and the group choose to cross stitch a holiday design on a red sweatshirt using waste canvas. (Talk about hard first project, that was such a pain!) I was one of the first ones finished and I’ve had a needle in my hand almost every day since then.

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