Do I really need a frame or hoop to work on needlepoint...?
Hi, I am just about to start a project to cover a little bench.
It's been a while since I've stitched and it seems last time I did a fairly large pillow (in wool just as this project) and didn't bother to use a frame and it worked fine.
As I start this I'm getting grief from some people (mom you know this means you) that I need to put it on a scroll frame. I hate the bulky feeling this creates and it makes it harder to tote the project.
I don't want to be sorry later, so I'm asking any stitchers out there. I do have a scroll frame, and I do have hoops of various sizes. I honestly wanted to try to paint my own canvas and take it from there but I found this kit on sale at AC Moores' and only paid about $10--too reasonable to pass up!
Thanks for any help you can offer! You know how anxious you get when you are itiching to start something new...!
I almost never use a frame or hoop when doing needlepoint. It depends on the kind of canvas you have, and the kind of stitch you use. I find that if you work in a diagonal manner, using the continental stitch,(recommended for rugs and cushions that you will sit on) it is better to have a frame as the stitches have a habit of distorting the canvas. However, if you work back and forth, or use the half cross stitch, there is no problem at all.
In any case if you carefully block and steam it at the end, you can correct any rippling you get.
Enjoy your project!