When I was embroidering that spring garden corner on the flour sack towel before Easter, I mentioned that I was using Q-Snaps. In the comments, a reader asked, “What are Q-Snaps?” I postponed answering (sorry!) until I could explain and show you what they are.
Q-Snaps = Embroidery Hoop, only different. Q-Snaps are frames made out of round plastic tubes, over which fit half-circular “snaps” of PVC-like plastic. The inside of the snaps have ridges that are supposed to grip the fabric.
Q-Snaps are square. The inside of the frame is made up of corner pieces (somewhat rounded) that attach to straight pieces, to make up the square.
On each of the four sides, a long, tight-fitting, half-circlular “cuff” of plastic, ridged on the inside, snaps into place. These are the “snaps.” You can see in the photo above, the four snaps alongside the plastic frame.
To put the snaps on the frame, you just push them on. They hug the frame. In the photo above, the snap is not pushed all the way on yet – so you can see the ridges, and how they fit onto the frame.
You mount your fabric on the Q-Snap frame about the same way you do a hoop – laying the inside frame part down first, placing your fabric over it, and then snapping the outside half-circle plastic snaps over the fabric.
Then, you “roll” the snaps outwards, to establish the amount of tension you want on your fabric.
Here, I’ve mounted a cotton kitchen towel on the Q-Snap frame, and rolled the snaps outwards to make the fabric flush with the top of the frame and to tighten the tension on the fabric.
That’s a corner up close…
So, that’s a Q-Snap frame.
After using this 11″ square Q-Snap frame for the spring garden towel, I tried it on various weights of linen and cotton to see how it worked, and decided that, although I like it for the flour sack towels, I’ll probably stick with a hoop or stretcher bars for other fabrics.
What about you? Have you tried Q-Snaps? What is your experience with them? Do you have any tips or tricks for using them?
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