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!
Loretta

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Stitcher from a young age. Mom of four amazing boys. Wife to the comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

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