Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Walk on the Stitching Wild Side

So this weeks Blog Hop Topic

Do you use a stand when you stitch? If so, tell us about it and share pictures if you’ve got them. If not, would you like to try using a stand? Do you have any tips or tricks around using a stand versus not using a stand?

My answer:  Absolutely not and don't even care to use one.  Crikey, I don't even use a hoop.  Haven't used one in years.  That is why the name of my blog is "The Hoopless Stitcher"

I don't exactly know when I stopped using a hoop.  It has to be twelve years.  I have standard hand hoops, scrolls and a quilting stand (I don't use that either.  Really not interested in quilting.  Got it for a project in college 30+ years ago {YIKES})  I think I stopped using a hoop when it was a topic of a message board.  I thought I would try it.  How liberating was that!  No more rules!! Didn't have to take my project out at night to avoid having those pesky hoop creases, knowing which way to properly use it--which way you put your fabric it, distorting stitches or just moving it around. My fabric gets a little crinkled but, I'm cool with it.    I did however, just get a Lo-Ran stand to hold my pattern.

No stands, no hoops, no worries.  I'm totally portable.   I walk on the stitching wild side.  


  1. I love how we all do things differently and end up with lovely finishes! To each his own is what I say!

    1. I think that is what is so cool about the blog hop and seeing what our fellow stitchers are doing.

  2. I mostly stitch in hand, too. It depends on the project.

  3. I did a few project in-hand a few years back and it was .... we'll say interesting, for me. I was working with this strange count of linen and doing blackwork and the hoop just kept getting in my way and the linen was too thin to stay in the Q-snap the way I wanted it, so I was winging it - definitely felt like I was on the wild side of things!

  4. I was gifted a StitchMate stand for my last birthday. I love it! I don't use it for everything but I like using it for larger projects so the stitches don't qet squished by Qsnaps.

    As Cathy said, to each his own. :-)

  5. I only stitch in hand now. I love the free feeling of it and I like having my hands all over my project. To me, it makes it feel more personal. I actually have one project that needs a hoop or qsnap, but it's been relegated as a UFO. :(