Embroidery frames are used to stretch fabric that is going to be embroidered. These frames vary from small round plastic frames to adjustable floor standing roller frames. Every needlework artist has a preference for the type of frame they prefer for the type of embroidery work they do most often. Embroidery differs from other needlework techniques in that it is an applied decorative stitching that is worked onto a finished fabric. Embroidery is common on dress gowns, bridal gowns and costumes as well as on fine linens.
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Things you need
- Embroidery hoops
- Tambour frames
- Adjustable floor roller frames
- Stretcher bars
Select a small plastic or bent wood frame if you are working with a small piece of cut fabric. These frames are often available in very small sizes.
Choose a tambour frame if you like working with a traditional style wood frame. A 10-inch round frame is suspended between two wooden arms that pivot. This type of frame is often mounted to a table or service arm.
Consider a fully adjustable roller type frame if you are working with a fixed width fabric that is very long. The disadvantage to this type of frame is that it is more difficult to stretch the fabric taut.
Assemble stretcher bars of the width and length you need. Tap the ends together with a hammer and tack your fabric to the outside of the frame. This type of frame is often preferred by embroidery artists when they will not need to reposition their work.
Place fabric over the inside embroidery frame. Position the outside frame over the inside frame and tug at the fabric until the waft and weft are straight in the area being worked. Screw the tension screw making sure the fabric is taut.
Tips and warnings
- Many needlework artists have frames of all sizes and shapes. Some are used for travelling and others are fixed in a favoured home location. Often the frame type is selected based on the type of fabric being embroidered.
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