Friday, March 11, 2016

The Early Workbasket ~ Embroidery Hoops


Welcome dear friends...Spring is just around the corner!

I'm really loving the cool crisp mornings that
warm up to be beautiful days!

The trees are truly alive with birds of every kind!

Speaking of birds, how about a sneak peek of 
Little Sparrow Pinkeep Club's first release for 2016...
Titled "Come Dance With Me"


Stitched on 36ct Edinburgh Linen and here
is a glimpse of the thread palette...
With only one motif left to stitch later tonight and a 
fabric road trip planned for Saturday...hope to reveal the
finished model on Monday!

~**~

Do you remember several weeks ago 
the new scissors I shared?
Love this primitive black finish!

All these wonderful scissors are made in Canada and are 
nice sharp snips!  

These bright and sassy scissors are so sweet for Spring...
Well, I'm happy to say they are all finally 
listed  in my little Etsy Shop!

For all the details, please visit my Etsy shop at...


~**~

Today's Early Workbasket topic is...
"Embroidery Hoops"

An embroidery hoop or (earlier) tambour frame consists of a 
pair of concentric circular of elliptical rings.

  The larger ring has a tightening device, usually in the form of 
a metal screw. 

 The hoop is re~positioned as needed when working 
over a large piece of fabric.    

Embroidery hoops come in various sizes and are generally small
enough to control with one hand and rest in the lap.  



Hoops were originally made of wood, bone or ivory;
modern hoops are made of wood or plastic.
Hoops may be attached to a table~top or floor stand when 
both hands must be free for sewing, as in making
tambour lace.

Standing floor frames and lap frames allow you to keep
both hands free for working, which increases the speed and 
precision of your work.

Most of my hoops were passed down to me from my 
Grandmother which includes "Queen", "Princess",
and "Holdtite" brand names.



Of all my Grandma's hoops, this is my favorite...
An early photo of my Grandmother Mary May Robbins,
when she was a young woman.


As a young girl I embroidered many things using this hoop.
I especially love this one because of the attached 
tool box in the center!


Still wrapped with old strips of cloth...
Helps to protect you linen!

These days I prefer to roll my work and hold it in 
my hands instead of using a hoop.

How about you...do you use a hoop on your work?

~**~

Weekend Soul Food...

Rejoice ye in that day, 
and leap for joy: for, behold,
your reward is great in heaven.

Luke 6:23...KJV

~**~

Wishing you fun and happy weekend!
Kindly, Tammy 




















































8 comments:

  1. I love the interesting things you post on Friday's, it is very nice to learn of these old things!
    I don't use a hoop when cross stitching, I roll like you do, but I do always use a hoop when embroidering. Thanks again for your interesting posts!

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  2. Thank you for the fun, informative histories you share! I have one older hoop that belonged to my mom that means a lot to me. My favorite way to do my cross stitch is With my floor frame. I usually use scroll rods, unless it's too small. I use Q snaps for those, but I don't really like the way they feel :-)

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  3. Thank you for the fun, informative histories you share! I have one older hoop that belonged to my mom that means a lot to me. My favorite way to do my cross stitch is With my floor frame. I usually use scroll rods, unless it's too small. I use Q snaps for those, but I don't really like the way they feel :-)

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  4. Tammy
    I joined up for the little sparrow pinkeep club and getting excited. Those floss colors are beautiful. I love listening to birds. The scissor colors are perfect for spring. Thank you for sharing your Grandmother's hoop with us. What a great story to hang onto. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Your Grandmother's hoop with tool box is gorgeous.
    What a treasure.
    Sometimes I use a hoop, sometimes not.
    Marilyn

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  6. I can see why that is your favorite hoop, it is not only practical, but beautiful, with a lovely patina. I am dashing over to your shop, I can always use another set of quirky, sharp scissors!

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  7. Your grandma's hoop is a real treasure.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  8. I love your grandma's hoop. I wish I had some of my Mom's or Grandmothers. What a treasure. My great, great parents were named Robbins. :)

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