One of my favorite tools over the past seven or so years of stitching is the Evertite Stretcher Bar frame. Evertite Stretcher Bars are the Rolls Royce of stretcher bar frames for hand embroidery, and today, thanks to Evan Burroughs, the creator and manufacturer of Evertite Stretcher Bar needlework frames, you have an opportunity to win a set!
What makes Evertite stretcher bars my go-to stretcher bars for embroidery projects? The fact that they are adjustable. They are adjustable after the fabric has already been mounted on the frame! This means that you can mount the fabric, and then tighten or loosen the tension, without having to un-mount your fabric. This is a huge time-saver, and the ultimate in convenience, when it comes to using stretcher bars.
Using a T-tool, which is more or less an Allen wrench with a fancy handle, the little screws set into each edge of the bars can be lengthened to push the bars of the frame further apart.
This is an ingenious concept! I love these frames. I use them all the time for projects that are a bit smaller – like any of Trish Burr’s kits, or Tanja Berlin’s – and that will be on the frame for a while.
Evertite Stretcher Bars can be found through several different retailers online. I usually get mine from either Stitchers’ Paradise or Needle in a Haystack. It’s true that they are a bit more expensive than plain stretcher bars, but they last (and last, and last – I’ve been using various pairs over and over again for years), and save a lot of time. Plus, they are smooth and well-constructed, from wood that is soft enough to easily push the tacks in when mounting fabric. To me, they are definitely worth the slightly extra cost.
Today’s winner will receive one whole frame (that’s two pairs of stretcher bars), in whatever size you wish, from the standard sizes that are available. You can see what sizes the Evertites come in, by visiting this catalog page on the Stitchers’ Paradise website. I would say the most useful sizes are anywhere from 10″ – 14″. You can mix and match, too. You might want a frame that’s 10″ x 14″ – so if you win, you’d receive a pair of 10″ and a pair of 14″ bars to make up your whole frame.
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When you stitch, what type of frame or hoop do you normally use? Or do you prefer to stitch in-hand, without a frame or hoop?
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4. Leave your comment before January 9th, 2012, at 5:00 am Central Standard Time (Kansas, USA!). All winners for this series will be selected on January 9th, and announced that day here on Needle ‘n Thread. You’ll have to check back on January 9th to see if you’ve won, because the winners will need to contact me within 3 days to claim their prizes. The Give-Away is Now Closed. Thanks for your interest!
Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!
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I use canvas stretcher all the time and would to have a set that didn’t loosen up. I havn’t seen these in my LNS and would like to try them. Mary thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful things. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the days.
Debs in South Texas
I have circular hoops in various sizes, which I use for smaller pieces. They all have the inner hoop bound with white tape for better grip. Then I have a large and a smaller slate frame of the same brand, so I can mix and match the pieces, for larger items. Recently I have used a Siesta frame for a couple of projects. It’s not quite as rigid as I would like, but works well with a lap stand. Depending on the stitch, and the fabric,there are some items which I stitch with no hoop or frame.
When I stitch, I usually use a rod n roll. In the past neither a scroll frame nor stretcher bars ever kept the fabric taut enough for long enough and it was a pain to be constantly removing the piece and re-stretching it so i learned to stitch in hand and then found the rod n roll that (even though there was no tension on the fabric) at least kept larger pieces from bending in the middle. i would like to try the evertite bars.
sharyn in cincinnati
I stitch in hand but have taken a class where we had to have stretcher bars. Some embroidery just has to be done in a hoop or on a frame to look nice.
G’Day there Mary,
I mostly use a hoop and have managed to get a few sizes in the better quality ones, gradually weeding out my ‘cheap’ ones that I started with. I have used a general tapestry frame where you tack onto the cloth at each end but haven’t found them successful. It wasn’t until reading your posts that I knew there was anything else and have been longing for ‘anything else’ ever since!
A very special thank you Mary and Evan for making this generous giveaway possible.
Cheers, and happy 2nd last day of the year! Kath from Oz.
I normally use a hoop for my embroidery. Would love to try with these Stretcher Bar Frames.
I nearly always use some kind of hoop. Usually, it’s a pair of regular stretcher bars. While I’d heard of evertites, I’d never actually seen a set in a store, so… I never picked one up. Living abroad doesn’t help that. I’m also a fan of Q-snaps for crewel work and cross stitch, and have been known to lace up something all the way around on stretcher bars, too.
When I stitch I use a round frame which I confess is not always large enough.
When I stitch I use the plastic round ones. I also have a wood frame which is a flat picture frame that I use. If my piece is too small I sew a piece of fabric to the sides to stretch to the right size. I would love to try the evertite bars.
I’m very curious about stretcher bars. As I do mostly flat embroiderie (like hardanger or cross-stitching), I usually use Q-snap or scroll frames. But as I intend to learn crewell and needle painting this year, I’ll need to work with something else, principally if the project is larger than my Q-snap. So stretcher bar would definitively be a option.
I am a newcomer to embroidery and so far my projects have all been small and have fitted into a small hoop. This frame looks as if it would encourage me to try something larger, since as yet I do not have a piece of equipment like this.
Right now I use stretcher frames. I will use my hoops for the small project. I would love to try the evertite frames. New embroidery items are always welcome!
Avis in VA
I stitch using a circular frame, the common ones found in every craft store. I was very interested to read about this product and would love to win this set. It looks to be so much better than what I’m doing now. Thanks for educating your readers re what’s available out there.
OMG—This is the one thing on my Christmas wish list I didn’t get. My hubby wanted me to pick my own out…WHAT??? lol!
I am currently just using the cheap circle hoops you can buy at Hobby Lobby…it is fine…but I want to start doing pieces of the Bayeux Tapestry and I will have to move the linen a good bit for this project so I am stuck for the moment.
I use Q-Snaps for most of my stitching. I am sure that I would like these for when I am stitching on Congress Cloth.
When I stitch, I almost always use a frame, either stretcher bars or a scroll frame. I may use a hoop, but that only for non-evenweaves. Rarely do I stitch in hand – that would only be for something quite small.
I use both stretcher bars and in-hand for my projects. Have heard good things about this brand. Would love to try this system!
I have several inexpensive wooden hoops that I use but my favorite hoops are a set of metal ones that I inherited from my gramma.
I use Morgan hoops almost exclusively. I have tried stretcher bars and did nor find them easy to use. So maybe if I win these I will be a convert.
Good morning Mary,
Frames- that has always been a major obstacle. When doing blackwork, I just stitch in hand . For stumpwork, I use the old fashioned small plastic round frames for isolated segments. Well, as you can see, I have never had what i would call “the perfect answer to a frame”. So glad to have this opportunity for such a special giveaway. Thank you!
Peg F. from NJ
I’ve just started using Evertite stretcher bars in the past year. Before that I used embroidery hoops, but I have begun using more beading, raised embroidery and stumpwork, so need a support which doesn’t squash the dimensional work. I find I like it very much and especially being able to stitch with both hands. Speeds things up. I believe I’d like 10 inch ones if I win.
I would love to try the Evertite bars. I’ve only used various round hoops for my stitching so far. Thank you for the opportunity.
I usually just use various size hoops, wood and plastic. I have noticed all the different styles of bars and frames but haven’t had the chance to figure out what works best. I would love the opportunity to try the frame especially since you can adjust your work without undoing the frame and putting it back together. Which is was I have to do, but mostly I’m making my work more taught.
Mary I like to use stretcher bars (thin stock) and tacks for mounting.
I have seen these “Evertite” before and have been intrigued.
Susie Jarosz in Omaha
Hi mary, wonderful 5th day of christmas. I’m mary varma from india. I always use a circular hoop, i have a lot of sizes in it. No, i never prefer to stitch in hand without a hoop, i’m used to it. I have used frames once or twice but it was a little difficult so i stuck to circular hoops.
I don’t own a pair of stretcher frames at all. I would typically use Susan Bates round hoops or I have a round frame that you sit on the base, keeping both hands free. I haven’t done much handwork lately, but I love it and would like to get back into it.
Debi in MS
I’ve been admiring your Evertite frames for a while now! I stitch in antique, non-adjustable, spring-loaded hoops that hold the fabric *beautifully* tight–like no modern hoop I’ve ever used. The ones I use most often (about 8″) are labeled “Princess,” and I have a couple larger ones that say “Duchess.” I’ve never been able to learn anything about these hoops, but I snatch them up whenever I can find them, at auctions/estate sales, etc! I often think I would be lost without them, as I haven’t found another mounting technique that I like as well.
I usually do surface embroidery and am constantly looking for ways to keep my work tighter on what ever frame I use. With Japanese embroidery it’s no problem. The Jap. frame is perfect, but it’s never available for my other work. I have a 9″ hoop on a stand that I often use but it isn’t suitable for some projects. The Evertite frame is new to me through your newsletters. I would love to have one for those other-than-Japanese embroidery projects.
I’ve been struggling to find the perfect frame/hoop for me. I definitely need something, I don’t like sewing in hand much. Hoops are rarely tight enough. I had a roller frame where you sew the fabric on to the tape at the top and bottom, but found I had to tighten it every few stitches – annoying! I’m currently using a Q-snap frame which I quite like but I’m open to trying new systems!
I use a wood hoop. Most of the time I like to use a hoop, but it depends on what I am working on.
I have all kinds of hand held round hoops, stretcher bars used on floor stands, rug frames, etc. My favorite for small projects is a round hoop which is sturdy with a screw type tightener so fabric is vry taut. A wooden round frame with a stand for quilting and other projects. My favorit is the metal floor stand with my stretcher strips attached. I would love not to use a frame it is more comfortable but for the sake of a beautiful piece of needlework a frame is the answer. I would love to try the tension frame because that is my big problem. I have not found a product to keep the fabric taut till completion. The adjustment on this frame is so simple.
WOW! I drooled over this frame when you first introduced it to us. I have done hand stitching with and without a frame . The frame is round and can be used with a stand.
I usually use a hoop or scroll frame with a stand. I find holding the hoop/frame and trying to stitch, just too much for my arthritic fingers. I was wondering if you could use these stretcher bars with a frame and I am assuming after looking at the Stitcher’s Paradise site that you can. Often times with the scroll frame I find myself adding tension to the sides with my hands. The fabric is held firmly top to bottom but the sides are not. The fact you can loosen the
Evertite Frames to do a special stitch like the bullion and then just retighten, is a real time saver.
Most of my tools are sadly cheap little hoop frames. I love my scrolling lap frame, and have wanted to look into various other frames. Although I rotate my work, and don’t use a stand, I must admit I would like to try a stand sometime.
I use the circular hand held frames which do not hold the fabric as well as you would like it to. I would love to try one of the frames you have in the give-away. Mary, thank you for this opportunity.
I usually use wooden circular hoops for smaller items.
I stitch in hand for large pieces.
I would really like to try the stretcher bars for larger items.
I just got my first pair of Evertite – I’d love to have other sizes for future projects!
I’ve never used Evertites, but there are definitely times I wish I had them. The thought of easily tightening a piece is wonderful, as both a timesaver and an improvement in my stitching experience.
Terry in PA
I love Evertite stretcher bars. I like tight canvas when I stitch and these really do the job. Also I tend to not finish things rapidly so Evertites help keep the canvas in good shape. I use a frame holder stand and always use stretcher bars.
Pam C. KS
I normally stitch with Q-Snaps. I find that they do not normally leave marks. I started using frames about 5 years ago when a project I was working on became too much for me to handle in-hand. A friend recommended the Q-Snap frame. I tried it and loved it.
Recently, another friend was given a set of the EverTite Stretcher Bar Frames and she highly recommends them.
I generally use hoops, however, as they are quite cheap ones it is sometimes difficult to keep the tension that I like. I got a small frame for Christmas and am looking foward to trying it.
I used to use the old metal hoops. But, they leave marks on the fabric. Then, I went to the wooden hoops.Which are better. But after they get a lot of use, they tend to slip while I am working. So, I use my mother`s old stand by. By wrapping either fabric tape or a thin ribbon around the bottom hoop. This helps keep the hoop from slipping and no marks are left on the fabric.
What I use vary’s with the piece I’m stitching . I stitch ‘in hand’ a lot but have used qsnaps and wooden hoops if I need tension to be tighter. On my goldwork course I used a proper wooden frame and twine for tension.
Horses for courses !!
When you stitch, what type of frame or hoop do you normally use? Or do you prefer to stitch in-hand, without a frame or hoop?
I’ve always stitched with a wooden hoop, but since I started reading your blog, I’ve been coveting these stretcher bar frames! Hopefully, I can try them out by winning this giveaway!
I am unfamiliar with stretcher bars, but am curious about using them. I generally use a hoop, whether it be plastic or wooden wrapped with bias tape….I have times when I don’t use anything.
Good morning, Mary. Thanks to you and Mr. Burroughs for such a great prize!
For projects that I will be working on for a while I generally use a scroll frame, with strips of cloth to pull the sides taught. An Evertite frame would make a huge difference in getting even tension all the way around.
For small projects, l use a hoop or work in hand. I have a couple of roll type frames for larger pieces, neither of which is completely satisfactory. Still, the end result is worth any inconvenience.
Mary, these look fantastic. I usually use a scroll frame or work in hand, depending on the project. It would be nice to try something that gives a better tension.
Actually my decision for bars, hoops, snaps or hand depends on the size of the project and if it is canvas or linen. Small is usually by hand. For portability in travel, then it’s a snaps or hoop. Larger, non-portable projects are definitely stretcher bars. When not actively stitching, the project becomes a display until I get to it. Thanks for offering this as one of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway.
Mary, I do most of my stiching in hand, on the belly of Teddy Bears. But hoping to get into some frame and hoop stiching.
Another great offering. For canvas projects, I use stretcher bars. For fabric, I work either in hand or on a scroll frame. I prefer the scroll frames with tapes I pin or sew fabric on, not velcro or split rods.
Have been buying Evertite stretcher bars this year, in 2″ increments, to maximize my options even if it means buying a little more canvas. Next size I plan to buy is 24″. An extra pair of 14″ would be great, too.
Thank you for another great giveaway.
I don’t use anything when doing cross stitch, but for all other types of needlework, I use cheap, crummy stretcher bars made in China. I’d love to try the Evertite bars. I’ve heard such good things about them.
Mary, you are a treasure to offer everything you do to your readers every day. Your twelve days give-aways are truly the icing on the top of the cake!
I use stretcher bars (plain, boring = CHEAP) for canvaswork pieces and a roller bars/frame set-up for cross stitch, blackwork, etc. I’ve read your reviews about these Evertite bars and would absolutely love to have a pair!
and happy 2012,
arlene c in NJ
Happy 5th Day of Christmas, Mary! Where is the time going? I can’t believe we’re almost half-way through this event!!
Anyway, I really prefer to work in hand, but many of my projects require a frame. I have some wonderful German-made hoops to use when that size is called for, but do not have any good quality stretcher strips. So, I could really use these … 😉
Thanks so much, Mary. Have a wonderful day!
I have tryed a lot of frames and stretcher bars, but never the Evertite brand. My method of choice is the Q-Snap type frames because I can adjust them easily. I wrap the bottom frame with a piece of bias edge remnant or inch-wide strips of fleece or flannel. That give enough bulk for the top pieces to snap and hold tightly.
I use a variety of frames and hoops depending on the project and space. I use a K’s creation lap frame for most cross stitch projects, evertite for canvas projects, and hoops for other needlework projects…..and, in hand. Kinda depends on mood , project size and comfort of use…..comfort being my main criteria!
I stitch with a 3″x6″ plastic oval hoop. I have a larger oval hoop but rarely use it. The smaller oval allows me to comfortably reach any stitching area within the hoop.
I usually use a hoop. I have a rickety frame and scroll frame but they don’t keep things tight so I work that out as I go! It’s probably comical to watch!
I sometimes use a wooden hoop (nothing special), but at times I stitch-in-hand. It depends on the project and the tension needed. I will have to try the Evertite Frame as it sounds like it’s just what I need especially for longer projects!
I usually use a hoop.
For miniature petitpoint I mount my gauze on a piece of mountboard (with a hole cut in it). Works fine for those small pieces.
Till now I am using circular hoops of different sizes and oval shaped hoops only..
When I stitch I use the “Millennium” frame of Needle Needs. Before I had one I used hoops, but I always had to re-tighten the fabric. The Millennium frame is really wonderful, it keeps it tight and it stays that way.
I use various frames, and the only preference is that I can use a two-hand method for stitching as it gives me much better control of stitch placement.
Wow! How did I never see these before? And I’ve been to Needle in a Haystack! I just recently bought a Needlework stand….usually I use k’s creations scroll bars, a Hardwick hoop, or plain old everyday stretcher bars, which torque and are not the best….I would use these for a big needlework project I’ve been ‘saving’ for when I am ready. These new bars might be the impetus I need. Thanks for such lovely offerings.
I use a plywood hoop. I’ve bound both rings with cloth.
-Resmi from Pune, India
I use hoops a lot I have several lap hoops but also have many of the roll bar frames. I do not yet have the streacher bar but came across a pattern I want to do that suggested using one. I like the idea of those as it appears that they do not crease the fabric like a hoop would.
I use an assortment of frames depending on the size and kind of project. I even stitch in hand but usually only for a small project. I have to say tho that once you use Evertite stretcher bars, it’s hard to go back to using anything else especially for a large project.
It’s so wonderful to get all these resources from you!
I used to use a round hoop with an attachment I could sit on to keep it up, I loved it, and hope to use it again soon with the gold threads and new patterns 🙂
Since I usually stitch on wool, I don’t use a frame or a hoop. I don’t own a frame. I have a few hoops but don’t use them as they tend to stretch the wool. It would be fun to experiment with different fabrics however! chris beresford from Michigan
Not being an expert at embroidery yet I use a small round frame for small pieces and I have a square frame which I bought from Tania Berlin for my gold work and of course I also do free hand. But I have just purchased for my own “Chrissy present” a Millenian frame with the stand that goes with it. There was a special going so I jumped in and purchased, can’t wait to get it from the UK . Postage rates were over the top from UK to OZ but if it will improve my sewing skills it will be worth it. Now I have another thing to learn. Life is so great just being able to do the things I love…………..stitching
Thank you Mary once again………
Hi, what a wonderful idea – very clever. I tend to be the old hoop type girl, but I always seem to be re-tensioning so this would be a vast improvement. What a handy giveaway.
I much prefer stitching in hand, although some things are much better using a frame. I like my little wooden hoop, although a frame is better for larger projects
I have several wooden and plastic round hoops I use when doing embroidery but sometimes when stitching on a small crazy quilt block I use nothing.
I use old time stretcher bars. They often do not stay taut. I would love to try your stretcher bars! This is a great website and I refer to it many times. Happy New Year
You know, I love projects that can be done in hand but when I do need to stretch I prefer a frame. Sometimes I resent the time, wanting to get to the threads, but it does make for a better finished project. Sometimes it encourages me to finish up, to release the frame to be used in another project. Thanks again Mary!
I always stitch with my ground fabric stretched tight. For small embroidery projects I use a hoop. For larger embroidery projects I like to use the Evertites. For my canvas pieces I use either Evertites or plain stretcher bars depending on the piece and the amount of time I expect to spend on it.
I would love to have more Evertites and just replace all the regular stretcher bars.
As I am a “beginner” I use a circular hoop. Am trying to learn all the options and would love to be able to try the evertite bars.
I use both a hoop for small items and a slate frame for large items. I do like the tension one can get with the slate frame but it is a bit of a fiddle to set up so I would be very interested to try these as some form of via media!
I have used many types of stretcher bars and also work in hand. These intrigue me because of the method of keeping the work tight. I think they will be wonderful! Thanks for choosing them for one of the Days of Christmas.
hi the stretcher bars will be a delight for embroiderers. i have only the hoop frames, iuse for free style work. i work my cross-stitch on hand. it be wonderful to possess these bars while working Trish,s kits.
thank you ansu chennai
I don’t like to stitch unless my ground fabric is framed up. I’ve found my stitches look ever so much better than they do when I work in hand. For smaller pieces, I use stretcher bars–so the Evertites would be WONDERFUL–for larger samplers, I use scroll frames and lace the sides–and for a certain, long-term project, I’m using a slate frame.
I use hoops for my stitching – and not great hoops either; just the brightly colored plastic ones. (At least they’re the ones with the screw adjustment! The pop-in ones are useless!) I know I would be so much happier working with better supplies, and probably get much better results – but I’ve never had the funds to make an investment of that kind. Someday I really want to buy a GOOD wooden hoop and bind it properly – I haven’t seen any wood hoops locally that didn’t seem weaker (and more full of splinters!) than my plastic ones – but I think I’d really enjoy having stretcher bars as an option for some of my long-term, more special pieces. Someday maybe Santa will decide I’ve been good…. 😉
I do both, but more often I am stitching on a crazy patched block which has been pieced on a foundation fabric so it is sturdy enough to work on without a frame. For straight up embroidery though, a hoop or frame is very necessary.
LOL..seems like you have been reading my mind of late. When I stitch, I may use an ‘old fashion’ wooden hoop that has a screw to tighten or loosen. The vast majority of the time, I use nothing. I keep being told, I don’t know what I don’t know. I have looked at the frames that you reviewed during the year and think I need to experiment with the ‘new ways”. (:-) Happy New Year!! Cheers!
How nice of you Mary to offer a chance of getting those marvelous stretcher bars. My choice would be 10 x 12 since the projects I am working on are rather small. Hope to be a winner ! Have a nice day !
I use a 6 inch spring hoop, wooden hoop wrapped with bias tape or no hoop for CQ blocks. I would like to try a wall hanging on the Stretcher Bars. When I collect enough 6 inch squares of different techniques, I will make a quilt.
You certainly are one of the things I’m grateful for when looking back at 2011. I have so enjoyed your work and purchased many of the things you’ve shown us this past year. I have dreamed about the Evertite stretcher bars but haven’t had the money to buy them yet! I like a frame that is supported by a floor stand or a lap stand so I can work with both hands. I will use a small hoop though for small projects 🙂
My best to you in this new year,
Vickie in Va.
Good morning Mary,
I use hoops for small projects even for my quilting but last year, I purchase a lap frame from a Canadian artisan and the Evertite bars would fit beautifully on it. I like the bars for needle painting etc. Yes, I would love to own a set of bars, it would be great.
France from Canada
I have tried, and don’t care for, in-hand stitching. So I use a variety of hoops and frames depending on the project, from a sit-on frame with stalk/hoop, to hand held hoops, to stretcher frames. All of them have their use depending on the threads and fabrics I use. The Evertites would be a great addition to my tools inventory!
-Sharon in France
Definitely, this is a plus-plus!! I will love to win this one. It would be perfect to wotk with placematts.
I am always searching for the perfect method for keeping my work taut and this looks like it might be the answer.
Heaven help me, I use the hoops that can be found in big craft stores in malls! I never knew about stretcher bars until I started reading your blog. Well, to be honest, I never knew about much at all until I started reading your blog! You’ve taught me so much about threads, and stitches as well as what to use for which type of project that I sometimes wonder where I’ve been all these years. But I’m learning; now these stretcher bars are something I lust for! Noel Payton in Capital District, NY
Oh, I definitely prefer the stretcher bars for a frame particularly with the idea you shared several days ago: making a crosscut in the middle of a lightweight towel or napkin and folding back only the area you wish to stitch.
I’ve been using a small spring tension hoop for everything. It’s the only thing I’ve found at regular craft stores that gives me the tension I need. Unfortunately, it doesn’t let me keep my work very well blocked, so things tend to come out kinda crooked. I’d love to try something more high-quality like this frame!
I would love to try these! I am branching out to some counted canvas work and very nervous about using stretchers. Right now I use a hoop…6″ and plastic or in hand.
Unfortunately, I am still using the wooden circulars that are hand-held. Imagine the frustration when constantly having to stop to tighten the fabric in order to continue my work. If there is a better means, I am open to it! JupZi in Morton, IL
Of the myriad things I have learned in the two years since I joined a stitching guild, by far the best is to use stretcher bars instead of hoops. I have found the fabric is easier to get and keep drum tight. It can stay on the frames a long time with no problem. The best part though is no hoop marks to deal with later. 🙂
Your blog is a gift that keeps on giving. I love to embroider but I’m not very good at it….but you inspire me to keep trying new things.
Love the evertites They make all the difference in my work.
Happy New Year,
When I stitch I don’t usually use a hoop or frame. If I do it is a hoop as my frame doesn’t work well. The Evertite bars sound like a good option, Would love to try them.
Some things I do in hand — particularly when I’m using embroidery to hem historic garb.
Smaller items, or small motifs on larger items (I’m working on a tablecloth with embroidery in the corners), I use nice tight wood hoops. I have some Marie Products hoops and one Hardwick.
Bigger items and canvas I do on stretcher bars. I’m itching to try the Evertite, especially for working with linen which sometimes will “ease” with working.
I also have a really big item on the largest of Ethan’s slate frames. Now that I have two floor stands I hope to be able to work on it. It’s so big that one won’t hold it, but I’m figuring two — one holding each side — will work.
I own an assortment of scroll frames but I haven’t used them in quite a while. In a pinch I’ll pull out the Q-snaps for a quick project, but I find holding them to be difficult.
I have just learned how to do needle punch and pulled out one of my wooden circular frames and got frustrated because the fabric started sagging. It’s so important to have a taut fabric. These frames would be wonderful for this type of needlework. I like to use frames so all of my stitches will have the same tension when I stitch.
Suzanne from The Woodlands
I stitch every which way – from Q-snaps to a scroll frame to stretcher bars to a slate frame to a Japanese Embroidery frame for my Japanese Embroidery. i also like to stitich in hand every once in a while, just to change things up. The only thing I don’t like are hoops. I can never get them even or tight enough and they leave awful marks on my linen. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong or not, but I haven’t used a hoop in years. I would love to try the Evertight bars to see how they compare iwth what I use now.
Oh my heavens, I have to have a frame — usually stretcher bars or scroll frame. I can’t imagine working without one, that would feel very strange indeed. It is funny how we have our little quirks, that are sometimes most pronounced.
Thanks again Mary, you do a great job,
Shelia in Oklahoma
These Everite Stretch Bar Frames sound brillant! As my stitching is diverse I require different types of bars. For example for Japanese Embroidery I need a special frame and sit to a stand. My true love is to sit with my needlework in my hands, in a frame/hoop and in the morning for the best light and the clarity of my mind that has not yet been cluttered with other thoughts. The Everrite stretch bars sound a a stitchders dream!
When not stitching in hand or using a wooden hoop, I use Evertites and absolutely love them. I have just a few in the standard sizes and would love to have them in the larger sizes too. You can never have too many!
Connie McC – NBNC
I most often use a hoop when I stitch. My passion is Brazilian Embroidery; I have begun using stretcher bars so I don’t have to put a hoop over a stitched area. I have been using a Q Snap Frame which hasn’t been completely satisfactory either.
I’ve been using a ratchet scroll frame for my large needlepoint, which works well for me. It’s light weight and holds the fabric taut. I’ve never used the Evertite bars but having read how useful you find them, I’d love to try them.
Thanks for making stitchers aware of these stretcher bars. I would like to have the opportunity to try them on my new 2012 sampler.
Saddly, I use only the simple hoops that beginners get at any craft store. As my work is getting more advanced/complicated I am finding that it is really not sturdy enough or very practical. Now that I think of it – I should have asked for this as a Christmas present – rats!
I would love to try a pair of stretcher bars. I’ve never used them before. I’ve always used a plastic Q-snap frame for larger projects and smaller plastic hoops for smaller projects. However recently I’ve tried no hoops with cross stitching which I kind of like with again smaller projects.
I have just begun to read your posts and love your stitches. So far my stitching has all been embroidery stitches rather than tapestry and I use a Morgan hoop. I have been looking at the type of hoop you use and really would like to try using one like that. Your work encourages me to branch out with different threads and te hniques.
When I stitch on a crazy quilt square I do not use a hoop. If I am embroidering a piece to go into a sqare then I would use a hoop.
I usually use scroll bars, but I’d love to try the Evertites.
Generally I stitch in hand. Occasionally use a round hand hoop.
I didn’t realize these were available. I thought you had “custom made” when you kept talking about your stretcher bars. I would love to have a set.
Becky in upstate SC
Interesting question! Until last year my answer would have been Evertites, scroll rods and slate frames – never in the hand, and even though I have beautiful hoops I rarely use them because I don’t like the idea of squishing my work etc. – always used the above with the Lowery or the Elan lapstand. This year things have changed – I now use the Millenium frames and the NN stand and lapstand exclusively – am actually taking projcts off the slate frames etc. and transferring them all to the new frames as I get to them. Evertites are still useful for classes though and they are great for keeping the tension etc – so I confess that I still will keep them around…. they work well with most stands too.
I have used mostly stretcher bars. I have a few different sizes. I like it when I can mount the piece and keep it there for the whole project. If a whole piece is small enough to fit in one of the hoops I have, I’ll use that. The evertites look really handy! Because of the cost, I would take a bigger size and sew extra fabric onto a project piece to make it fit, if the piece is too small for the bars.
I use some sort of frame for almost everything I stitch, except hardanger, which I do in hand. Q snaps are probably my favorite, with stretcher bars and hoops also used.
I was so excited when I saw today’s offering. I have been using gripit scroll frames or regular stretcher bars, but I took a class some time ago and the teacher was using evertite bars. They looked so cool. Finances have not allowed me to purchases anything new, but a recent flood in my area has made it necessary to replace many of my stitching tools. Four feet of water in your stitching room will do that. Thanks for your generous offerings. I look forward to reading you’re newsletter every day.
I have a motley collection of old hoops gathered from here and there. These Evertite bars look fabulous.
I use Susan Bates hoops of various sizes and slate frames.These Evertite stretcher bars are in my wishlist.Thank you Mary for all these give-aways.
I always use a frame of some sort with fabric or canvas; if I need both hands to lay threads, I always put the frame into a stand or clamp it to the table.
With fabric, I usually use the Q-snap frame augmented with strips of shelf-liner (the very thin rubbery kind) which prevents the fabric from slipping so everything stays fairly taut for longer. I like these because they’re light and easily placed and replaced. If I’m travelling with a project (ALWAYS!), I can remove and separate the frame to pack it in a smaller configuration. And I’ve never had a problem with the frame marking the fabric.
With canvas, I attach smaller projects, or large projects that cannot be rolled, to wooden frames with tacks.
I stitch very large projects, either canvas or fabric, that can be rolled to roller bars that come with some wooden frames.
I have been coveting Evertite bars for several years, and definitely plan to add them to my stash. Janet.
I have only ever used hoops, both wooden and the plastic spring tension, neither of which I can ever seem to keep tight enough. That is why I was so excited about this day, the chance to possibly start working with stretcher bars! Woo Hoo! Since discovering Needle ‘N’ Thread, I have learned so much more about embroidery than I ever knew existed and I’m always reading the posts about the Evertites and looking at the shop websites pricing them and determining when and how much I can purchase. The chance to win a set is oh so exciting!!!
Diana B. in La.
If using linen, I usually use a set of scroll rods for larger pieces, a hoop for other pieces, and rarely do I do it “in hand”. When using canvas or congress cloth, I always use stretcher bars. I’ve never tried the Evertites, but someday I will.
I enjoy the products and ideas they present Thanks
Since I do mostly embroidery for dollhouses, I cut frames from mat board to mount my silk gauze on, but these stretchers would be wonderful for rugs, I am not very fond of my round hoop for rectangular rugs.
I love this long celebration! It’s like waking up every morning to see what’s under the Christmas tree…I feel like a kid again.
I use a hoop, which for me has not worked out so well. My hands get cramped and my work ends up uneven. I have been following your reviews on frames and I am wanting to try them out, I am sure they are worth the investment.
I use Evertite frames and have been collecting them buying 1 full frame a year. For me the best thing about these frames is the reason they were created-no need to take a cloth off and retighten the piece.
I’ve been using wooden and metal hoops and would love to try the Evertite bars…thanks for the opportunity Dianne in Brockville On
I have only used different sizes of hoops, or somethimes no hoop. I would love to try these stretchers thanks Mary
When I first started stitching needlepoint;
frames were not used, all stitching was done
in hand. Then frames were introduced and I’ve
used the stretcher bars ever since for needlepoint as well as cross-stitch.
I’ve always wanted to try the Ever-Tites, but
the price is an issue.
I use a variety of small wooden hoops when I stitch, but I have longed to try out the Evertite bars. They seem amazing.
Oh my goodness. I have been wanting to try the evertight stretcher bars and have a ribbon embroidery project that would work perfectly. What wonderful gifts you are giving. They just seem to get better and better as the days pass.
I usually use a plain hoop. It’d be fun to try something more substantial.
I use a hoop with lap stand
I use very small hoops – I have a circular one about 3″ and an old oval one about 3″ x 5″ but most often I do stitch in hand. Most of my stitching is done on crazy quilts and that works best for me.
I do like stitching without a hoop but only for the more simple designs and stitches. When using a hoop I use the picture frames that have the rubber ring. Works well for me but would like to try stretcher bars.
At the moment I only have rotating tapestry frame and unfortunately learnt the hard way importance of properly stretched fabric.. It is my first and only frame at the moment.
I am currently using a wooden hoop that was my mom’s. It works OK but I don’t like it when I have to put a portion that is already stitched between the hoops. I’d love the stretcher bars.
Hi Mary; depends on the piece I am working on. I like stitching in-hand for cross-stitch, but for embroidery, I prefer the Evertite Stretcher Bars. I am getting quite a stash of different sizes, and of course, they will last forever. Love them!
I prefer stitching in-hand; old fashioned but it is what I got use to.
When I do embroidery I use various hoops. I would love to try stretcher bars and winning these would be fabulous. Thank you for the opportunity.
Another gift I would love to win. I (99.5%) of the time stitch on a frame. When I replace stretcher bars I buy Evertites and I especially like them for long term projects. You can relax the fabric when not stitching and then tighten to resume stithing. Thank you again for the chance to participate in this wonderful 12 days of Christmas.
I always use a hoop that I move along as i stitch. It is not always ideal, especially when i’m doing 3-dimensional projects or adding beads. I’d love to try the stretcher bars.
I would be in heaven if I were to win this prize. I ALWAYS like to work on stretcher frames, wether I am working on linen or canvas. But alas, after a while the linen &/or canvas stretches and I have to take them off the stretch bar and put them back on again (not to mention the pain in putting the fabric square on the frame again. I have been admiring the Evertites for some time and would be so happy to receive them.
I mostly use circular hoops. I have completed one project on stretcher bars(not very expensive ones) and have another one set up. Not very often do I stitch in hand. Thanks again Mary for another wonderful item.
Since I am a relative newcomer to the wonderful world of embroidery, I have been using q-snaps that I love for my counted cross stitch and small quilting projects. I have also used hoops but like the tension of the q-snaps better. I do have a scroll frame and floor stand I’m using for a still unfinished needlepoint project I got for Christmas several years ago (not a big fan of printed needlepoint kits). I would loe to try the evertite frames.
I am currently using a scroll frame. It’s not ideal, it doesn’t keep the tension very well at all. I’m constantly tightening the scroll bars as the nuts are somewhat “slippy”. For smaller things I would use a hoop.
I’ve been longing to try the Evertites and the Millenium frame :).
I usually use an old wood frame I bought at an estate sale
I use nothing or round hoops for my smaller projects. For my bigger projects I use Q-snap bars. I recently bought a used slate frame but have not had the opportunity to try it. I am hoping I can get better tension with it than my other bars for big projects.
Hoop-de -do: when I stitch, I usually use wooden hoops. I have one that attaches to a sit-upon holder for hands free stitching, but it doen’t always work as well on the living room couch where I prefer to stitch as it would on a straighter back chair. I have a sporadic stitching schedule, and when I do get time, I am always eager to get at it, so time saved in setup would be a major incentive.
Another great giveaway!
I use stretcher bars, roller frames and tension-style hoops for all my needlework. I don’t like the feeling of having the canvas and material lose the sizing and become distorted.
I’ve never seen these stretcher bars; I will be checking these out online…they are a great idea!
Happy 2012 … I plan on stitching away as the new year rings in!
I have used both stretcher bars and hoops for my projects although I prefer stretcher bars, and Evertites are the best. I do not own any right now so to have a pair would be great.
They make it so easy to put your work down and loosen then tighten up when you resume stitching.
I would love to win this gift…
The evertite bars are great!
I normally use a frame whatever type of embroidery I am doing, but especially for anything that involves crewelwork, freeform or long & short. Slate frames are my favourite but they do have the disadvantage of not being able to adjust the tension fully once the fabric is framed up. The Evertite stretchers seem the perfect solution and I would be thrilled to win some. Thank you Mary for the opportunity of doing so.
I usually stitch with a q snap frame or stretcher bars.
I generally like to use something that is portable, as I work here and there around the house. I also generally have several things going at once, so sometimes the choice is just whatever isn’t being used for something else!
I used a floor stand for many years, but it was very wiggly and I finally gave it away. Might try one again at some point.
Marilyn P. in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Morning Mary! When I stitch, I use either a 5″ hoop or the split rail scroll rods and a floor stand. I use the scroll rods and floor stand on designs that are stitched “all over”, like HAED and Golden Kite, but I hate using the rods because you can’t get good tension on the sides. For everything else I use a 5″ hoop. I’ve never tried using stretcher bars, but would love to. Thank you for this opportunity!! Have a wonderful day!
I have used Evertites almost exclusively since I discovered them. It is such a dream to be able to tighten the canvas without taking out tacks. They are great.
I really appreciate your opinions on these products. These are things my local stores don’t carry and I would never have known to look for. Thank you.
I love your elegant stitching too.
Most of my stitching is counted work on linen and I tend to do most of it in-hand (unless I’m doing specialty stitches requiring laid work, etc.). However, I’ve got an upcoming canvas project for which I am considering purchasing Evertite bars, so winning today’s drawing would be ideal! Thanks for the fun!
I used hoops for years (I still have my first ones from over 45 years ago when my Grandmother first taught me) but have recently been using a roller hoop attached to a stand. I have used stretcher bars but it seemed a hassle but it would appear that this type would be easier to use because tension can be mainted more easily. It would be great to try!
Sandra O in WA State
I am a “stitch in hand” stitcher. Don’t know why, but have always done so. When I do lettering on my crazy quilt blocks, I do use an embroidery hoop as I find that the words come out straighter and the tension is better.I like to watch your progress with the bars and stretchers though, and maybe would like to try it.
I would like 2 sets of 15 inch bars to do Christmas Patches which our ANG chapter will be starting.
For canvas I use stretcher bars, generally regular ones but I have invested in a few sets of Evertites. For other work, I use hoops, roller bars or Q Snaps. I rarely stitch in hand as I was taught embroidery using a hoop and have found it hard to change. I have a Lowery Floor Stand which I keep set up by my chair.
I’m hoping the roller bars you high lighted in a recent daly post soon come to the US with a lower price tag as I’m really interested in those.
Violet A in NH
I usually stitch in hand except when doing pulled thread or something that requires firm tension. I would enjoy using the Evertite stretcher bars. I am sure my finished piece would be a lot nicer looking. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.
To have a set of Evertite frames would be the ultimate. I usually use a wooden hoop or for smaller things, no hoop at all. I read everything you say about hoops–and everything else—and I have drooled over these for ages. Thanks for all you do. Happy New Year.
I usually stitch in hand because I do mostly cross stitching. I sometimes use a wooden hoop, but it is hard for me to adapt to it. I would love the opportunity to try stretcher bars on one of my embroidery projects. Thanks!
Jen L. from Ypsilanti
Great Give-away Mary!
I usually use regular stretcher bars and have just started to experiment with scroll bars. I started with hoops but really like how stretcher bars don’t distort the fabric. I also like the way these Ever-Tite frames are so easy to tighten evenly, keeping the work nicely centred. I’d love a chance to give them a try!
I have been looking for these since reading about them on your site, but haven’t been able to find them in the UK. I usually use a hoop, or my Dad will make me a wooden frame and tack the canvas on for me. It would be lovely to win a set of these. Thank you for another great opportunity!
HI, I have only used these stretcher bars once.
They were lovely. I borrowed from a friend.
Usually, I use a covered hoop for counted stitch and
a basic stretcher bar set and tacks for needle point and laced for stump work.
Mary, it depends on what I’m stitching on as to whether I use a frame or do in hand embroidery. I prefer to stitch in hoop, q-snap frame or stretcher bars because I get much more even stitching. There are times I can hold them but its more often I need these on a stand for 2 hand stitching.
Cathy S from MI
I would love to use this Evertite,but I have always used different sizes of hoops. The Evertite bars must be fabulous?!
Mary, I have been using hoops, but I would love to try the Evertite stretcher bars! Might I also take this opportunity to tell you how generous you are, both in these give-aways, and in sharing your knowledge so freely – thank you!
I usually use a hoop, and I’ve really been wanting to make the switch to stretcher bars!
nothing compares to quality equipment for excellent work. Happy New Year.
I would so love an Evertite frame because I use either a hoop or a wooden frame that I pin my work to. Unfortunately, here in the UK, the type of frame I use, although looking like the Evertite, doesn’t lock into place, and so I have to be very careful not to let my fabric go wonky. I have wanted some Evertite frames ever since you explained their advantages on your Blog.
Happy New Year, Mary.
I would really like a set of thses stretcher bars! You have a lot of generous contributors, Mary and thank you to everyone for their contributions! I use a standing frame for my big pieces and a hoop for smaller. For my quilting I don’t use a frame at all. Have a Happy New Year everyone!
What a wonderful set of bars. I too have looked for these since reading about them on a previous post. I love that these would help ensure even stitching and add to the beauty of the handwork. Many people think of “hand” work as a “4 letter word”, but I think it is peaceful.
I always use stretcher bars for needlepoint projects. For small embroidery projects, I usually use a hoop. For cross stitch I use scroll bars or stitch in-hand. I love the evertites for medium to large projects. They make keeping the canvas tight so much easier!
I’ve never heard of these and I’m intrigued. I use hoops & the plastic square thingies but I really don’t have a lot of love for either. Wooden hoops are my favourite but it’s still hard to find one that holds securely without having a weird bend where the fabric will slip. I’m not too picky when I’m doing an Aida kit but when it comes to linen, I get frustrated.
It’s definitely time to start doing some research on frames again.
These are my favorite, but I just have 1 set of the loctite bars and it’s always in use for one of my projects. I also use 5 other tools for holding my work in progress.
I am delighted to learn about this replacement for a hoop! I have the old wooden hoops but more often don’t use a hoop at all. I’d love to try these & plan to buy them if I don’t win! Thank you for all the information you share.
Hi Mary, Thanks for the chance to win these stretcher bars. I’ve never owned them before I just have always used the wooden hoops from Joanns. We live in a small town that doesn’t have a fabric or craft shop. Only the usual big dept stores, so I would love the chance to use these. God Bless
I’ve used various sizes and kinds of hoops both wood and plastic and also done some in hand sewing. But now I have a new project all kitted up for which I need stretch bars and these look just wonderful!
I have only used hoops or “in hand”. I must say those bars sound fabulous and easy to use.
I have always just used a standard hoop, but the stretcher bars look amazing! I would love the chance to try them out! Thanks for the great giveaway!
I use various hoops for most of my embroidry but do in hand for small items like needle holders. I have never used a stretcher but have been interested in trying them. I have never used a frame.
I’ve never tried a floor hoop (but would like to). I’ve also never used a stretcher. I usually use QSnap frames and have occasionally used hoops. Basically this would open a whole new world to me! 🙂
I am definitely not a stitch in hand person. I’ve tried it, but am never satisfied with the tension. I use a hoop if the project is small, Q-snaps, or tack and lace onto stretcher bars. The evertites would be a dream come true!!
Excellent product Mary–so glad you are giving away a 10×14 set! My friend/roommate at EGA GLR seminar suggested that I invest in a set when I won a canvas (doorprize) that was warped. The already worked petit point center was lovely but the background area was compromised. We used a damp towel & the Evertite frame to tease it back into shape. It’s not perfectly squared, but much improved. While I prefer to work in-hand, it really depends on the project. AND, working in a frame is much quicker!
I use scroll bars for larger projects with a stand and hoops for smaller stuff I find it easier to hold a round or oval hoop than a square or rectangle frame.
I’ve used lots of hoops, but never Evertite. I’d love one! They sound perfect!
I am always comfortable with stretcher bar frames. Very handy !
I like to stitch in hand when I can, but when I need it tight I use a clover hoop or Q snaps. I need to get some kind of stand so I can handle something like the evertite bars.
Thank you again for still another giveaway.
I use stretcher bars about 80% of the time and have several sets, so it always seems like an unneccessay expense to order the evertite bars when I don’t really need them. Winning a set here would be the best way to try them out. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed here.
I definitely prefer to use a frame. The only time I don’t, is with small cross-stitch projects, and I have not done cross-stitch for 20 years.
Right now I have “Morning Glory and Bamboo” from the book “Painting with a Needle” by Young Yang Chung up on my slate frame, and on my ring frame I got some small beading motifs, that will be appliqued to a dress I am sewing.
I plan to do some more goldwork and I need a square frame with good tension for smaller projects
Happy fifth Day of Christmas Mary,
When i stitch, which is a lot of needlepoint, I use the wooden bars that fit together with notched ends. Sometimes a round hoop for
cross stitch or embroidery. Have not heard of evertites until you….
They sound like a strong and useful product.
Have a happy day!
Yes, yes, yes! I would love me some Evertite bars! Usually, I stitch in-hand, which I love, but every so often, I have a project that can only be done on stretcher bars. And these would be perfect.
I normally stitch on a lap frame.
I’d love to win these stretcher bars and learn how to use them … or maybe I just buy them. They seem fantastic.
Good Morning Mary,
I wish I had known of these stretcher bars years ago, but I am afraid I can no longer use them. Due to arthritis in my left hand and tendinitis in the left elbow I have given up using anything heavy. I tried in hand, but due to years of hoop use I found that hard. So I have resorted to a very different kind frame, one advocated by Jane Rainbow in her book “Crewel Embroidery”……a pin frame!!! Which I love, I can use it for crewel work, flatwork, redwork and cross-stitch and it weighs next to nothing. I can prop it in such a way that I do not have to grip it with my left hand and needlework is a joy again! Thank you though for the chance of winning this lovely gift, but one I will decline.
I’ve always used different sizes of vintage plastic hoops that I’ve had around forever. I’ve always wanted to swap over to a stretcher frame, though, I have just never been able to afford one. 🙂
I started out years ago using hoops. Then went to a scroll frame. Now I do most stitching in hand! I didn’t like wrestling with the scroll frame. I am looking at floor stand to purchase. I think that would really help me with my big projects. the Evertite look like a great thing to use.
I usually use either scroll frames or stretcher bars depending on the size of the project. If it is small, I use stretcher bars, large, I use a scroll frame.
I am playing with a slate frame on my new project as that is what the designer recomends.
I would love to try the Evertite’s as I have heard that they are a major step up in stretcher bars.
What a wonderful product! I like using wooden hoops, but these would be fabulous for certain projects!
Thanks for this informative and detailed frame tutorial. I’ve only ever used hoops, and I have to say that you’ve opened my eyes and mind to many possibilities today…
I usually use scroll rods for cross stitch, and stretcher bars for canvas work. I’ve thought about trying the Evertight(s), so this is a perfect opportunity, without outlaying the dollars! Thanks for the opportunity to be included in your giveaway!
Barb in Syracuse
I’ve just recently returned to the world of embroidery which has drastically changed since my teens when I switch to cross stitching. Now quilting with embroidery on the side. Actually working with crazy quilting is what has brought me back. I still use the little wooden hoops and sometimes plastic for my work. As I can see from this set a lot has changed. Thanks for sharing the info and who knows make the bars.
Hi! I’m such a nube. I just use cheap wooden hoops from the craft store. Working with stretcher bars would be awesome though! Great idea for the Giveaway!
My favourite frame is the Millennium frame which you reviewed in your blog. No tacks, no stitching – it’s wonderful. I prefer to stitch in a frame more than many of my friends but sometimes frames just don’t work and I’ll stitch free. I’m enjoying these 12 days very much.
I am definitely a hoop or stretcher bar gal and I use them on almost all my projects. I also have various types of frames (2 different types of lap frames, 1 el cheapo floor frame, a clamp that you put on a table to hold a project, etc.). The only items I don’t put on a hoop or bars are projects that are too small or difficult to stitch (such as certain pre-made items) or a project better done in hand such as hardanger. I’ve been drooling over Evertight bars for a while so it would be lovely to win a set. Your contests are always great but this 12-days concept tops them all!
These look awesome! I usually use a really lame hoop. It is never tight enough and my fabric gets floppy no matter how hard I try to stretch it taut. This would make the projects I do much more delightful to stitch. The practical things usually make our life easier, no? 🙂
Jen in Oregon
I have just returned to embroidery and use the small hoop. I have been reading and gathering new knowledge in this area. I hope to embroider some blocks to use in my quilting. I did purchase some tubes that were recommended for needlepoint, but have not tried them out yet. These stretcher bars fascinate me. I will have to see if my quilt shop carries them.
i would love to win. When i stitch i roll the fabric and hold onto it, stretcher bars that are the “rolls royce” of stretcher bars would be great!
I use the q-snaps for quilting and the wooden hoops for embroidery. I’d love to try these frames. Thanks for the offer.
I usually use a hoop.
Mary, I have wanted to try one of these frames since you first wrote about them
I don’t like stitching in hand, so I always use some kind of frame. I most commonly use Qsnaps, however also use scroll frames for bell pulls, and have tried lots of them from all different companies. Since I usually not happy with the way the fabric gets sown onto them, I have most noerth american models for getting the fabric onto the bars by other means.
I use stretcher bars for canvas work and plastic hoops with a spring loaded metal top piece to hold the fabric taut for small stitching like ornaments.
I am currently working on a GAR needlebook and keep thinking about these frames. they would be great.
I most often use plain old stretcher bars. They’re inexpensive and do work. . .but do have that one big disadvantage of having to untack and retack the fabric to tighten it.
I love Evertites. When I do canvas work I use atretcher bars, when I do surface work I use a wide hoop, and when I do most counted work I do it “in hand.”
I usually use stretcher bars, for larger pieces I use a scroll frame. I’ve seen others using the Evertite’s & have wanted to try some, but haven’t as of yet!
Mary, Another wonderful give-away. I have used almost every sort of stretcher to do my handwork, beginning with the old wooden circle within a circle hoop. I have had my husband fashion strechers for me for whatever size item I was working on. I have used roller bars and I have sewn my pieces onto canvas and stretched them. I have had floor models which I felt were too confining and cumbersome and I have lately been using the “Q” bars. All have their benefits and drawbacks. I’d like to try something new! Thank you
I really haven’t had experience with different hoops – I’ve only used what is available at my local craft stores, either the plastic or wood round hoops.
Thanks for the opportunity to try something new!
It really depends on what I’m doing. I prefer to work in hand when possible, but my go-to is old-fashioned stretcher bars. I use hoops most often for crewel–some of the stitches work best with the fabric taut and some with it looser and hoops offer that flexibility. I learned to do Hardanger and pulled thread in hand and still prefer to do those that way. My Japanese embroidery is on a traditional frame. Never, ever Q-snaps, I had trouble holding them. The evertite stretcher bars look very interesting.
Haven’t used these frames but would love to try them. Usually my husband constructs them for me. The fact that they tighten even with the material on them sounds like a great idea.
I stitch with hoops and stretcher bars depends on the size of the fabric.
I switch between roll frames and Q-snaps with somewhat sporadic luck with each. Thanks again for a great prize.
I have hoops on an Elbesee seat frame and a Klass & Gessman floor frame. These are good for me because I have a heavy work schedule and live in a city apartment; it’s easy and quick to set up or to move my work out of the way. I’ve shied away from stretcher bars because of all the maintenance involved, but based on your review, I would love to try the Evertite stretcher bars! It’s such a joy to stitch with a consistent, even tension. Thank you so much for this opportunity, and also for sharing the Christmas spirit with us all.
I’m an in-hand girl at heart–I spent a year in Scandinavia and was taught to cross-stitch their way without a hoop. I’m very good at it. But of course there are many other embroidery techniques that require a hoop and would be ruined by doing it in-hand, so I still need this frame! 🙂
Because of the size of my project, I’m currently stitching with a large oval hoop on a floor stand.
It’s a bit unwieldy. I’d love a set of these stretcher bars!
I use a regular frame attached to a lap holder. For larger pieces, I sit at a standing frame. I lace the sides to make the piece more taut. I used to have a bar stretcher but it wasn’t near as efficient as the one you describe.
I used to work with hoops, until I read your review of the Evertite system. I purchased a frame and wouldn’t go back to a hoop. The frame and stand free my hands to use a laying tool and that is just wonderful!
Mostly I use a fabric covered hoop, but I want to branch out. I’ve tried those crappy split-dowel scroll frames and hated them. I’m buying a quality one with my Christmas money, and I’m hoping it’ll be all I want it to be!
oh – these stretcher bars look wonderful! I normally stitch in-hand, but as I want to try doing goldwork, stretcher bars are a “must have” – so I hope I win them!
Elizabeth L Mac
I usually stitch in hand on linen. On canvas, or congress cloth, then it’s on a roller frame. I don’t use a floor stand, so the project has to be a manageable size. Thanks for the opportunity.
I have never used the frame to work embroidery projects….always the hoop. It would be interesting to work with a different method. I would have to take a look at the website and see what the in’s and out’s are. Thanks again for another wonderful day of Christmas!
It depends on what I am stitching. Canvas, which I have only recently become interested in, requires those stretcher bars. For counted thread on linen, in hand or a Q-Snap – especially for 40 count linen or over one – easier on these mature eyes! ; ) For surface embroidery I like something nice and tight, a good hoop or frame.
Ohh wow, these look a like lovely prize to win! I currently use Q-Snap frames, roller frames, a small round Clover hoop, and if it is small enough, I stitch in hand! But I can never get the tension that I want! Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful and practical prize!
I usually just stitch by hand because I have such trouble w frames.
I usually use hoops for everything. I would love to try them.
Mary, I prefer a hoop either q-snap or one that can tighten. I Have yet to get the ultimate wooden frame for embroidery. I would love an opportunity to win a set and be as pleased with them as you are.
I usually use a 6″ or 8″ hoop which I have had for years. I certainly prefer to embroider using a hoop (or frame as the case might be). I believe it gives me more control. Wonderful to win a frame!
Currently stitch in hand; need to advance to another method with the thread painting and the finer thread use on the linens, I have many times read your recommendations and have yet to make a purchase of the bars – love to win and begin. Thanks for arranging all these fantastic give-aways!
I used hoops. What a wonderful concept these stretchers are!!!!! Thank you for the chance to own these!!
This is definitely something that I would love to win!!! I have had my eye on some stretcher bars for a while now because I’ve been getting frustrated with my good ol’ embroidery hoops. I almost always use a hoop to stitch, but I will occasionally baste with safety pins and just hand stitch. I would love, love, love, to get my hands on a set of these to try out a new method!!
I usually stich with a hoop or a Q-snaps.
I would like try other. Thank you. I love Christmas. Louise
My last project I stitched without a frame, just in my hand, but I also have a hoop. I like the hoop better but having to tighten it up all the time drives me nuts!
I have seen the evertite bars, but they are not available where I live, so use reular stretcher
bars. What a treat it would be not to have to
adjust the tacks all the time!
I’ve not entered before, but would love to increase my supply of Evertites! I usually use stretcher bars, though I have splurged for Evertites for a large project that would be up for most of a year. I love them and would use them for everything if it weren’t for the extra expense.
I’m relatively new at stitching, so I’ve only tried hoops and the Q-snap (and no frame). I definitely prefer to use a frame, but I’m not sure I have a preferance yet. I like hoops because they keep the fabric tight, but I like that the Q-snap is square. Maybe it’s time I try a stretcher frame – square and keeping things tight would be an awesome combo.
I nearly always use a hoop or stretcher bars. Even for stitching that is traditionally worked in hand, I prefer the tension control that I get from mounting the piece. Although a hoop is good for some things, my hands tend to cramp with these. So stretcher bars are more frequently my choice. I have one set of Evertites; they are very nice to work with.
When doing crewel I use roller frames, but hate having to baste the project to the fabric on the rollers. For cross stitch and “regular” embroidery I use a hoop. I love this give-away!
Your 12 Days of Christmas just keep getting better and better!
I’m a new embroiderer and have been using a Hardwick Manor hoop but have been wanting an Evertite frame ever since I read about them on your blog.
Ann from Whitefish Bay, WI
I’ve never used Evertites before – I have a good selection of the older stretcher bars which I use for canvas work. For counted thread stitching on linen, I work in hand for small pieces and use Q-Snaps a lot for bigger pieces. I do also have scroll frames and have used those for both canvas and linen work. I’d be thrilled to give the Evertites a try!
Thank you for this very very generous opportunity!
I work all of my personal embroidery in a hoop since it is done relatively quickly. But, the ecclesiastical embroideries are worked in a frame.
I have long wanted to try the Evertites (since reading about them on your site!!). What a wonderful chance to explore them.
Thanks again and have a Merry thread-filled New Year.
Happy New Year Mary, et al
I like in hand for small pieces but love Q snaps. What I don’t like is sometimes its very hard to get the tension tight enough and I raely use hoops anymore because of the wrinkles. Thank you
I stitch with a hoop, and have wanted one of these a long time. I asked for one for Christmas, but guess santa just wasn’t listening.
Ive used all kinds of stretcher bars and scrolls as well as using none. I like the Q snaps for counted cross, scroll for needlepoint, and hoops for crewel/needle painting. I have a new lap frame for hardanger but it seems I am jealous of your posts of how you mount your needlework! I have my New Years resolution to prepare my projects more efficiently and properly. You have inspired me. I think this will help me to feel better about my finished work if I eliminate the practices I’ve used for 40 years and promote more finished projects. You can teach an old dog new tricks! Thank you!
It would be wonderful to have the help from such a wonderful frame. I can see and believe my embroidery would be improved tremendously. That would be a true joy.
I’d love to try the Evertite frames. I’m getting back into stitching after years and years away from it. I usually use a 7″ hoop, and do smallish projects. I’ve never tried frames or scrolls, but drool over the dream of someday having a really good stand and really good frames to work with.
I enjoy your blog, and have learned so much just by reading your daily posts. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!
Actually I go in waves – I did some embroidery last summer without a hoop or frame and it was very freeing and portable. But this summer I stuck to my hoops! I have one frame but having a project on it makes it unavailable to start new ones!!
I’m using a sit upon hoop for a goldwork project and it is driving me nuts! The fabric won’t stay taught and I’m worried about dirt around the hoop. So I’ll take it out today and put it in a frame. The Evertite frames are wonderful! Thanks for such a nice prize.
My choices vary. I do a lot of historical reenacting, and so I go with what ever was used in 1470, 1812, or 1918. These look like they would be wonderful for my real-time work.
FYI-I found your site from a reenacting friend in Austria and it’s wonderful!
I always use some sort of frame. Roller frames for linen (although I have a slate frame here I haven’t tried yet), and stretcher bars for canvas work. I like using the Evertites for large projects, since they take longer and end up stretching more! I’d love to get more of these wonderful bars!
Would love to have these stretcher bars!!!
I just use regular old stretcher bars for my work.
Hi Mary, I use a double hoop most of the time, although I have bars that I have only used once.
I use a hoop. I have it wrapped as you taught us, but it’s poly/cotton (keep looking for all cotton at the thrift store!)so the fabrics never stay tight enough. Prefer the ovals. Would love to experience using Evertite.
When I stitch a small project, I prefer to stitch in-hand, a medium project a hoop and a bigger project a wood frame.
I most use a hoop but I do a lot of shadow work on baby clothing. I have use the stretcher bars a couple of times. I am trying to do some new and different types of embroidery and will definitely use the stretcher bars. I have one of the Royal Persian Tallifero designs that I hope to trace this weekend. Diane
Whenever possible, I do use stretcher bars. I think they are a lot better than a hoop. Didn’t know too much about them until I started to learn cross stitch from the ladies at work. Really do like them and haven’t had too much of a problem–have the kind that you baste your project onto the flaps of material of the stretcher bar. They hold the material very taunt.
Well, I am a faithful follower of your website and I took up embroidering after I found you, so I use Evertite Stretch Bars or the hard wood hoops you mentioned, but I forgot their name. They are awesome.
I always wait for your product recommendations and go from there.
Have a lovely day.
most of the time I like to stitch in hand without a frame or hoop. thanks
I usually use a hoop. But depending on the project, I’ve been known to stitch in hand too.
I am an embroidery “newbie” and as a result have never ventured beyond hoops. I use hoops between 6-8″ in diameter. I think the stitches are more uniform as a result. I’ve never been happy with my stitching when done “hoopless.”
The stretcher frames look as if they keep the fabric taut and have a little more maneuvering room than the circular hoops I currently use.
I’d love to try it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
p.s. I love Needle n Thread — so helpful.
I usually use either a scroll frame or a plastic hoop as they are reasonably cheep. I’m still saving my money for a better hoop and/or frame. I would love to win this.
I use stretcher bars all the time for my counted thread work, but I buy them from art supply stores and use the ones that are wider, almost look like picture frames, as they do not move and stay square and tight at the corners.
I’ve recently started using stretcher bars for more of the fine work I’ve been doing. Q-snaps aren’t my favorite, but use them for larger counted thread projects. Mostly, my preference is in hand. It seems that the little things lately have been stitched in small hoops…just to keep a bit more tension than I get in hand. The fact that the Evertite’s can be tensions while working is fabulous! Perhaps my rough handling of the edges can be tamed!
Over the years, I have tried all types of stitching. While I love using a small hoop (with tightening screw), I just started using a pair of Evertites last week and I love them. They are so quick to set up, which gets you stitching that much faster.
Good Morning Mary’
Thank you once again for the opportunity to enter in this give-away. I wish I can say which I have used or prefer. I don’t have a Frame not even a Hoop at this time I can not afford one. I am practicing without anything just a hand sewing needle and sewing machine thread. To be able to win this would be such a Blessing for me… I leave it all in Gods hands. Thank you once again Mary
I enjoy both frame and in-hand stitching although I haven’t used my frame in over five years (it’s in storage since I’ve moved). I love the stitches having a more even tension and it helps to almost be hands-free while stitching.
I stitch small designs in hand and use scroll rods for larger pieces. I’ve used an American Dream lap stand for many years and recently purchased a Needlework System 4 floor stand – both currently in use. I also purchased a small set of Q-snaps but have only used them once. I enjoyed reading your review of the Evertite stretcher bars and would love to win a set!
I have used hoops and roll frame- it just depended on how large the piece was. I bought a small holder that you sit on in order to have both hands free, but it was so NOT ADJUSTABLE that I ditched it in favor of just balancing the frame on my knee, the arm of the chair… I have a project in mind that these would be perfect for- silk velvet vest embroidered with metal, braid and silk. I have been trying to put together everything needed…got the silk velvet in august …trying to figure out what to use so I don’t have to roll and ruin the velvet and still be able to frame the entire front or back at one time….this would be such a blessing!
Hi, I use both Q-snaps and regular stretcher bars, depending on the project I am working on. Stretcher bars are always my first choice because I can use them with my floor stand. Thanks again. Sandi
I usually work with a normal hoop and recently ordered the Millenium bars but this frame would be wonderful for some of my projects! Thanks once again.
I almost always use wooden stretcher bars for my needlepoint projects. I am continually having to take my canvas off the bars and re-stretch them, time that encroaches on my stitching 🙂 I would love to have Evertite stretcher bars allowing more time for actual stitching.
It really depends upon the type of embroidery I do that decides the type of frame I use….or no frame at all, such as bullion roses and stem or outline stitch, etc. But for small embroidery pieces I love the evertight frames. They are my favorite, because they can be tightened so much easier than a regular stretch bar frame. Would love to win this set!
Hi Mary, I usually stitch in hand. After having used a slate frame for a group project I can see why it is best for certain projects. I would really like to try this type of frame. Thank you.
I only have hoops, with those stretcher bars I would be able to do something more elaborate.
Ginette of Mexico
OH How I always use a hoop or preferably stretcher bars….and OH how I NEED these. Maybe my Christmas angels will have you pull my name for this one, which I desparately need. Otherwise, by hand, everything quickly gets pulled out of kilter for me. Happy New Year Mary. Looking forward to more of your great tutelage…Judy in Pittsburgh
I always use stretcher bars for my larger projects because I like to use a hands free stand. Hoops,I find, come in handy for small or quickie projects. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win Evertites. What a great concept.
What a great give prize. I would like to try these very neat stretcher bars. Right now I use a hoop for crewel embroidry, stretcher bars for canvas work or needlepoint and when the designer, like Tanya Berlin, suggests stretcher bars for any of her projects. Still, I work hardanger in my hand, as well as small cross stitch projects, like Christmas ornaments, especially on stiff fabric like Aida cloth.
Yes I would love to try a pair of these stretcher bars! I currently only use a common plastic hoop with a tightening screw as I generally embroider small projects. What a great giveaway this is. Thanks to all for the donations! This has been a fun week.
Mary Ann H.
I always stitch with some kind of frame, usually stretcher bars. Last year I started replacing my old, cheaper bars with Evertites, and yes, I like them very much. I still need a few sizes, though, so this would be a wonderful oportunity to complete my collection. Thanks for the chance!
Another wonderful tool! I have stretcher bars – the “frame” knid, not ones designed specifically for stitchers. I use them for some projects, and a scroll frame for others. I would love to try these!
I usually use a hoop just because it was cheap and available for when I was a beginner. Now I’m feeling more confident I might try a frame.
I have wanted to try some different frames, especially when I did some crewel embroidery a while back. I had an older plastic snap together frame that I “made” work.
Thanks for the great gifts you are offering.
I too like many others use a variety of hoops, frames, floor stands etc depending on the size and material of the project. Have seen these advertised but have been reluctant to purchase yet one more gadget that may not work for me. Your review, Mary, has sparked my interest and would agree 10 x 14 for smaller projects might be a good starting set. Thanks to you and Evan Burroughs for this interesting prize.
Lynn H Texas
I need a set of Evertite Stretcher bars! I have been using ancient (about 30-year-old) 7 or 8 inch wooden hoop. Arthritis is attacking my right hand, and the tiny screw has become almost unmanageable. Working without a hoop seems more comfortable, but the embroidery looks better when done under tension.
Thank you, Mary, for being always ready to help with needlework questions.
I have in the past used just about all ‘holding’ methods, but most often have used a large (mult-person sized) frame for restoration work. My preference for personal work, however, is an appropriately-sized frame and these have been on my ‘want list’ for a while!
I generally use a scroll frame unless I’m doing canvas work and then it’s a stretcher bar frame. I have been thinking about getting a set of these but winning them would be very nice!
ooohh, man, I have always wanted a pair of these! I use regular old stretcher bars for my floor stand or I have a german wood hoop in my lap stand. these giveaways are incredible!!! thank you!
I have tried various types of frames over the years and recently got a bar type one that you can pin the fabric on which is great for a project that is going to be on the go for a time but these bars on offer for todays prize are the rolls royce I would say with just that bit extra – it is always what us Scots people say – buy cheap buy dear and it is a true thing to say you get what you pay for and you should save by buying the best you can to begin with and you will only win in the long run. Wonderful prize thanks Mary.
Eleanor – Isle of Man
Ohhhh MARY!! I have been looking at these since you blogged about them, but alas, they are out of my budget range. Winning these would be a wonderful opportunity to expand my horizons in stitching. I enjoy your daily blogs, you really have a rare gift for teaching. Your Tutorials are so informative to a novice like me.
This 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is an awesome concept! Thank you!
I am a Evertite fan – slowly adding to my collection from using the plain wooden frames – but I never seem to have the size of Evertites I need!
I actually prefer to stitch in hand. However, I do like using a scroll bar to keep track of all the loose fabric when stitching a wall handing or some other long/narrow piece. I have only used a stretcher bar for needlepoint projects, never for embroidery.
Oh my gosh, I would so love to have these frames. I have a piece now in a scroll frame and I can not keep it tight. I constantly have to roll and tighten. On some pieces I use a wooden hoop, but what I am working on now is a ribbon embroidery piece by Di Van Niekerk and you just can’t put it in a hoop. I know something else would be better, but this was all I had access to.
These stretcher bars look wonderful. Lately, I have been holding the fabric in my hand, not an optimum method.
Mary, for most of my needlework I use some form of a hoop. I do have a couple of sets of Q-Snaps for quilting and a floor frame for quilting. The floor frame does not hold the fabric drum tight. The frame is made by Hearland Quiltworks of Canada, but my search for their webpage was fruitless. I also have a roll frame somewhere in the house 🙂
I would love to have a set of Evertite to start my collection.
I usually stitch in the hand, but, and this is a big but, there are times when one must use a frame. I have never had one that suited me and have loads of odd sizes and frames in my stash closet. How nice it would be to have one that seems to be so ideal.
I started out using a hoop but changed to a scroll frame when I tired of trying to keep the fabric straight. I do still use a hoop when I’m working on very small projects. I currently use a rather wobbly scroll frame with lap stand. While trying to find an alternative, I was fortunate to come across your website & your article on slate frames. Then I read your review of the Evertite stretcher bars and was intrigued. I would love to try them out.
My crewel work has greatly improved since I found your website. Thank you and happy new year!!
I stitch cross stitch and linen projects in hand and needlepoint canvas projects on stretcher bars, though i have used roll frames when I use my floor stand. These evertight bars sound interesting to try.
Oh wow, this frame looks absolutely fantastic.
It’s not something that is readily available in SA. I use the plastic snap on frames, or Susan Bates frames or the good old fashioned wooden ones. As you can imagine, the re-tightening of the fabric is a nuisance.
Why have I never heard of these before reading your blog!!! These look fantastic! What a great invention. I’ve used hoops (metal, plastic, & wooden), q-snaps, and scroll bars with varying degrees of success. Some small projects I stitch in-hand with no frame. I must try these in the near future. Looks like I know what I want for Valentine’s day. Now I just have to decide on the sizes.
The 5-inch Susan Bates hoop is the one I use most frequently. It seems to be the most convenient size for my “take along” projects; those projects that get done the fastest! Recently, I’ve tried an 8-inch “sit-upon” style hoop for projects that stay at home and I like it, too. The Evertite frame is one I’ve wanted to try. Your beautiful ecclesiastical embroidery is working on me and I’d like to invest in some better equipment and supplies to give this type of embroidery a more serious try. It seems the Evertite frame would be a good frame to use! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!
I usually use a scroll bar for big projects. For little things, I don’t mind stitching in hand.
I agree with you Mary that the Evertite frame is the best. I cannot say enough good things about it. I have one and it’s THE only one I use.
I have thought about these many times, but not sure… I use Q-Snaps for 98% of my stitching. Wonder if these frames are heavy? Certainly appreciate the opportunity you are sharing for us to win something great!
I like to use a square frame – have just started using a slate frame for big projects, but always have lots of different projects on the go, so never have enough frames! These look awesome.
What a great idea. Checked the website and they are not too expensive for a long term investment at all.
Hi Mary, Having embroidered for many years using hoops of different sorts, I would like very much to try these frames. It would be a challenge to try these, but that’s what a new year is for!
Gail in Burlington
Oh my! thank you so much for including this in the give away. I normally use a hoop for embroidery but work in hand when I do really small items or hardanger. I would so love to win this.
When I stitch a small lightweight project I use a hoop. When doing something heavier, like crewel, I always use stretcher bars. It’s nice to be able to stitch holding the fabric alone but that is a rare occasion!
I presently have Q-Snaps & hoops and like using both. However, Evertite frames have been on my Wish List for ages. Your tutorials on framing sold me.
When I was a teenager, I found a round tin box at the Goodwill in Denver, CO. This was someone’s embroidery box because there was a round, wooden hoop with an unfinished embroidery project and silk floss inside. That hoop has been my favorite every since then. The woman’s name was penciled on the outside of the wooden hoop …. so my favorite hoop was probably her favorite as well. Annette in Vancouver, WA
I use Q-snaps and stretcher bars. Just started using Evertites this year, and I love them!
I really like to work in hand or with a 5″ hoop. But I use a variety of frames and frame holders when required. I have an old (1960s-70s) wooden lap frame with three sizes of hoops, labeled “West Germany” that I like when I want to do two handed stitching. The Evertight bars appeal to me for canvas work. I’ve heard they are great. Thanks for your Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts.
I use either plast or wood hoops to do my embroidery. When I do cross stitch, my husband makes a stretcher frame and I work on that. Since I love working with the stretcher frame for cross stitch, I know I would love this one for embroidery. I think the fact that is is to easy to adjust is great
I mostly use regular stretcher bars. I have even repaired some with white glue and clamps after they have split.
This giveaway of the stretcher bars couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Since Christmas is over and so is my bank account and the fact that my stitching frame bit the dust(a cheapee) and I have a large project that I’m trying to finish. Well…you get the picture.
I would simply love to win these stretcher bars!!!!
I have used slate frames most of my life, but I also use hoops, Q snaps and ordinary stretcher bars. The Evertites are ingenious and have been on my wish list for a long time.
Thank you for including them in this wonderful event.
Beautiful frame. It seems that a lot of the work of preparing the canvas is made easier by this frame. I usually embroider without a frame because of the loosening of the fabric with the regular hoops but I know that the hoop or frame make the work look better.
Ohhhhhh, Ahhhhhh, what a beautiful frame! Hard to believe it’s utilitarian, too!
When I stitch it is normally with the ubiquitous round embroidery hoop. I have one that is a table top, but I rarely sit at a table to stitch. I also have one that is a saddle hoop. But I find it uncomfortable to sit on, so the old fashioned round one it is. However, I do want to try goldwork and I realize that the slate or adjustable hoop as you have shown is preferable.
I mostly use wooden hoops, although over the last few years I have been using wooden stretcher bars more often. I guess that it just depends on what I am stitching. I really like the idea of being able to tighten the stretcher bars once the piece is framed. I think the Evertite frame would be a wonderful frame to use.
Thanks, Sharon K.
These look like very nice stretcher bars. I have used the Q snap system until I left it a little too close to my baseboard heating unit and it melted out of shape! I have also used regular artists stretcher bars (not the best way to go) and of coarse, all sizes of hoops. My favorite hoop when I do embroidery is a 4″ one because of my arthritis in my hands. Unfortunately, that causes a lot of re-hooping, so I am considering a standing frame someday soon. Thanks for the drawing!
Karen in Breezy Point
I would love to try the evertites some day, but have yet to. When I do needlepoint I always use stretcher bars. For other embroidery if the piece small enough and there are no specialty stitches that are better done when in a hoop, I will do it in hand, otherwise I use mostly Q-Snaps.
For Canvas work and larger projects I always use stretcher bars. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had to restretch something and it takes hours (and much lost stitching time). I will be investing in some of these even if I don’t happen to be lucky enough to win this prize (would need more anyway – this would just be a start to the sizes needed for my “stash”).
Heather from from balmy BC, Canada
What a great gift…I’ve wanted to try these stretcher bars but couldn’t see spending the money when I already have bars & hoops galore. But would love to win these to try them. Most of my embroidery I do either on Hardwicke Manor hoops or if large, on Edmunds stretcher bars. Thanks again for doing this 12 day giveaway! Sheila K in CA
It depends on my mood and the project, if I’ll put it in a hoop. There are lots of things that look better if done in a hoop, but I sometimes loose patience, reaching around the project. I have recently acquired my first scroll-type embroidery frame, and plan to give it a try! 🙂
I usually use the Lokscroll Fabric frames because there is no stitching required to mount them. They can be adjusted while stitching, like the Evertite Stretcher bars, and that’s essential for me. Qsnaps were my favorites when I could hold a project in my hand, but now that I can’t, having a really taut fabric is important.
With a degenerative spinal condition that doesn’t allow me to hold my stitching anymore, a floor stand with a frame is essential for me.
Would love to try the Evertites. After investing in a few Lokscrolls, the only way that I could afford to try something new is through this Fifth Day of Christmas contest, thanks for the opportunity.
Happy Holidays & stitching everyone!
I usually use scroll rods with velcro strips on them to attach the fabric. I hadn’t heard of these bars before, but they look very nice.
There is no easy answer for this! Sometimes I work in hand. Sometimes I use Q-snaps. For needlepoint I use the wood frames like the evertites, but cheaper. I have used a scroll frame, but usually adapt the Q-snaps to use as a scroll frame. I like the Q-snaps because you can make almost any size or shape, but they do need to be tightened almost constantly. It sure would be nice to try out the Evertite frames.
Since I normally work on canvas, I use stretcher bars a lot. If it is a cloth piece I usually put it on my scroll frame. That being said, I am currently working on a big piece on Evertite stretcher bars. They do work!
I am generally a “hoop” user — and mostly small hoops (4″, 5″, 6″), but there are certain projects that require stretcher bars (as you know) and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to use these Evertites. When I need to use bars it always feels like a more “formal” project — instead of just grabbing my hoop, flopping in a chair, and embroidering. My favorite hoops are the Hardwick hoops (wrapped, of course).
When I stitch I prefer to use stretcher bars whenever possible (never tried the Evertite though), otherwise I will use a small hoop. Love the ones from Hardwicke Manor!
Carmilla G. in Texas
I’ve used both the hoop and stitch in-hand, it depends on how my hands are feeling that day. I would love to try using the strether bars.
Mary, thanks once more for your wonderful giveaways. I generally use Q-Snaps for my stitching, with smaller pieces done with a hoop or in hand. It would be interesting to use these stretcher bars.
This 12 days of Christmas is such a great way to spend my vacation mornings–looking at cool embroidery tools! I have been mostly doing Brazillian embroidery backed with thremal lamb, so the snap tube frames have worked very well with that. But I have been trying to branch out to some other types of projects. I don’t generally use a stretcher frame, but I am thinking it is a good idea. I only wish I chould find the right stand to hold a frame. The one I have it a bit precarious with a snap frame. Maybe it would work better with the stretchers.
I always use a frame or a hoop. Hoop for small projets. Frame (actually a Q-Snap) for bigger project.
Evertite stretch bars sounds really comfortable. Unfortunately, they are not available in France.
Hi, When I stitch its usually really large projects so I make my own stretcher frame. But I recently used an Evertite for a smaller project and WOW what a great frame. Hope I win another one.
Oh wow!! I was looking at these frames a few weeks ago. When I embroider in clothing I work in hand, typically. Or small projects in hoops. I have several scroll frames that were given to me for larger projects, but I can never get the tension right. In fact, I have been working on a project on silk damask, on and off for several months, and noticed the other day that there are tension issues. Ugh!
This frame would solve a multitude of issues that I am having.
I prefer to use a hoop or stretcher bars when I work on any stitching project. I like it to be very tight. It drives me crazy when it is loose.
Mary in Oregon
Being a beginner in the world of embroidery I use a spring hoop. I have read your past articles on the stretcher bars and they sound exciting to try.
I just use a small plastic hoop, but I’d like to try using a nice frame.
I use the Evertite frames for all my recent work. I am slowly building a supply. I do a lot of Needlepoint so the frames are great. I love the fact that I can tighten them with the T-tool. Some of my work takes a year or more for me to finish so the Evertite’s are the only way to go!
I have attempted stitching both on hoop and frame and are so used to working with them that I cannot do without using them for my embroidery projects.
I sure will appreciate very much the stretcher bar frames that you offer. It will come in good use.
I use Edmunds stretcher bars for needlepoint and larger embroidery projects and wooden hoops for smaller projects. Some of my friends in my EGA group are using the Evertite frames and they look great! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway.
Wow! These look wonderful! Pick me, pick me!
Lately I’ve been participating in a number of RRs and often find myself having to work without a frame because there is either not enough space to put the piece in a hoop or there is too much embellishment to accomodate a hoop. It would be lovely to have some stretcher bars like these and think it would improve my stitching considerably. When I do use a hoop I have an old flexible metal one that I received as a gift years ago from my grandmother. I understand she purchased it in Germany–I have never seen another one like it. It works great, never needs to be padded and projects can be left in the hoop for days without leaving any marks.
Thank you for hosting these giveaways!
Thanks for day 5, Mary.
I choose my frame/hoop based on what form of needlework I am working on. My favorite for tension control is the slate frame, but that’s not for everything. Still it’s easier to adjust the tension with it. I have never tried these, though. They look like a huge improvement over the normal stretcher bar systems I’ve seen. I’d love a chance to try them out!
Well … well …. here I am in my daily torture until January 9 …. can´t resist!!
I often use round and oval hoops, but I like mores traditional frames …
Still did not work with Stretcher Bar Frame … I think it’s a good time to start!
Thank you !!!
Good Afternoon! I use both stretcher bars and hoops … hoops for small projects, stretcher bars for larger projects. Thank you.
I use a stretcher bar, scroll frame or by hand, depending on the work/stitches I am using. What a beautiful addition this would be for my options. I have three darling daughters who are up-and-coming embroiderers and we would love to use this in our learning.
Long time user of square frames- but not so fortunate to have one that can “re-stretch” the fabric. What a time saver. Would not mind at all to win this set.
I am a beginner and by reading your emails I now know that a frame is important for certain embroidery project.
Françoise Y. Beauchamp
Mafyb Créations Textiles
Bois-des-Filion, Québec, Canada
I normally stich with a scroll frame.
If I am stitching a project with pulled thread or hardanger, iI usually stitch in hand. If I am stitching a bargello or similar pattern on canvas with wool, I ususally roll the canvas and hold the rolled edge in my left hand as I stitch with the right hand. For smaller surface stichery projects, I generally use a wrapped, German-made wooden hoop that can be tightened with a screwdriver. If I am working a larger crewel, needlepoint or gold work piece I will use wooden stretecher bars to put into my frame so that I can stitch with both hands.
You name I have tried it. Hand,hoop,stretcher bars,Q-snaps.I am always looking for the perfect way to stitch. You always write about how great these bars are so I hope I win so I can try them out. Thanks for bring us this wonderful blog and all these great gifts!
I do stitch in hand when doing stem stitch, back stitch, etc. For some stitches one just needs a frame or hoop – satin stitch, french knots, etc. Anything that requires stabbing. I use a hoop or frame and my Lowery stand for stabbing. 🙂
Elaine in New Mexico
I have only used hoops in the past but I would love to try the stretch bars.
I just use a small plastic hoop, but I’d like to try using the stretcher bars which ( I hope) are more comfortable to hold in my hands.
Something amazing again!
I always use round hoop for small projects and Q-Snap for bigger ones.
I would like to try this one too.
Thank you for for giving a chance to win 🙂
Oh my goodness, I have been wanting some stretcher bars for ages. I currently use wooden hoops for all my projects but would love to not worry about avoiding leaving rings and warping fabric on bigger projects. I’ve had stretcher bars on my wish list for a while!
Thanks for doing this. 🙂
I prefer to stitch in-hand because the tools I know here in Portugal aren’t the best one, but who knows!!!
I use a scroll frame for my larger projects. Sometimes I use a hoop for smaller projects. I also like to just use my hands occasionally for small projects. I have never tried the stretcher bars and would love the opportunity to try them out.
I use a frame for 99% of my stitching. My lap frame is a Kay’s Creations but for my smaller pieces I use the wooden fit-together frames or a wrapped hoop. I would love to own the Evertite frame as it appears to have the ability to tighten the project to some degree. Happy 5th Day of Christmas Mary,
I am a beginner and always in doubt of buying the wrong tools and being disappointed. I love your website; you almost give too much information I don’t know where to start. It all looks beautiful.
Mary, I usually work out of hand if possible. I have never learned to be comfortable with frames, especially large ones. When necessary, I use the plain old stretcher bars with fancy thumb tacks,
Thanks for the give-aways!
I have never used stretcher bars when I embroider but would like to try it. The Millenium Frame was at the top of my list after reading about it on your site. Now I am considering the Evertite frames as well. On my last pin cushion project, the material was a little thin. So I backed it with fusible interfacing which made it much easier to work with even though my project wasn’t in a frame. No wrinkles etc also. Anyway, thanks for informing us about what our options are for frames/stretcher bars…will be making my decision soon.
WOW, I would love to try out the hoops. It is very annoying when the fabric loosens on a project. I plan on investigating this frame further. Karen F
I use either a fanny frame or a slate frame.
Thank you again,
So far I have been using hoops as I generally stitch while visiting or watching television. I have been interested in larger projects, though and have designed a tiger in grass for my niece. That project will require a frame so this contest comes at a great time. The 10″ and 14″ sets would be perfect.
Thank you, Greta596, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
For most stitching, I prefer “in-hand” but with crewel or needlepoint, I use a frame that I got a long time ago in a needlepoint supply store.
But these new bars look really nifty, and I would love to try them.
Wow – what an awesome give-away! I like to use a frame but the one I have – not cheap – does not hold the fabric at a constant tension – it is a roller type frame. I have tried the ring ones but the fabric slips. Lately, for small projects, I have taken to not using a frame at all.
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win a premium frame
for someone who learned to embroider back in the 50’s as a requirement for school and has just now taken the hobby back up this would be a vast improvement over the hoop that I use. This is something I have never used and would love to try.
I’ve only ever used whatever hoop i happen to have around. I’ve just started using a slate frame, but for stitching in the evening i’d love to get a nice hoop with a lap stand. I’d love to try the evertites also. I’ve just begun to explore the world of hoops and frames and i had no idea how much there is to choose from.
For pulled work I use a round wooden frame covered with cotton tape. Recently I have begun working with very fine cotton fabric and find the frame leaves a nasty round mark on the work where the threads have been displaced. I think that I need to graduate to stretcher bars which won’t damage the delicate fabric. Winning a set of Evertite Stretcher Bars would be magical.
I use a stretcher bar system that I purchased over 30 years ago. By no means does it keep my work taught..a must for me when I do needlework. It has a tendency to come loose as it’s on rollers and I can never get it tight enough! I use hoops for some of my embroidery, mostly the small portable projects. The giveaways would be fantastic for my next project, which is fairly large.
Thank you so much for the chance to win the giveaway. I’m working with my 8″ Q-snap right now. I would loved to use a stretcher bar . I hope if i can make a stand for it i can use both hands for stitching…Please do add me for the draw
Evertite Frames are an embroiderer’s dream. Usually I use a hoop because the above is on the to do purchase list along with designs, etc.
It would be a pleasure to work on this type of frame, I am sure.
I like stretcher bars for bigger projects, but for small projects I often stitch without a hoop. Sometimes I will use a small wooden hoop, but I feel like I have more control without one for a small project.
I have only used wooden hoops so far. These stretcher bars look really handy. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
As a child I learned to use a hoop. As an adult doing cross stitched I learned to go hoopless…no comment needed here. Since those times I go with the flow, and sometimes change midstream! Anything goes.
Wow, I’d really like a set of these!
I’ve been using hoops for a very long time, but they do not work well for some projects. Lately I’ve been trying different things: Q-snaps (OK for some work) and plain stretcher bars (which I quite like). I’ve also used scroll frames (which my husband made for me) but I decided I don’t like having large parts of my projects rolled up where you can’t see them; I prefer to be able to see the piece grow from nothing to completed, especially as they tend to take me a long time.
Oh my goodness! I am desperate for these. I have a set of roller bars but I find it so hard to keep even tension on them; usually I use a hoop but it makes me hesitate to do anything on a delicate fabric. These would be amazing!
I always use those round wooden hoops. Cheap and cheerful for my budget. I have one hoop which is a favourite that I have had for around 15 years now. Have never thought to try something else and would love the chance to.
I definitely prefer to stitch in-hand! I never got used to stitching with a frame or a hoop. Having said that, I am currently working on a drawn thread project which obviously requires a frame. I still have not been able to find one I feel comfortable with. Maybe the Evertite Stretcher Bars would be the solution!
I have used all of the hooping styles mention, including no hoop hand stitching, and I find that stretcher bars are my favorite choice these days.
Oh Mary these look wonderful. The past free years I have been mostly doing small things. So I tend to stitch in hand but in the past for my larger projects I use a bunch of methods. I did the hoops for medium sized round things, the stitch onto tap bars for needle point, q-snaps for medium to large and my handly snap scroll bars for the big stuff. I never tacked or mounted to a frame so I would like to try it as I am getting back into larger projects for 2012.
I usually use a hoop when stitching however, I have seen many a movie where a frame is used. I sure would like to try this as it seems that when one uses a frame and stand along with it that one has a command on the project. Should I win this, it would sure be a neat way of stitching!
I do prefer to stitch with a frame of some type. Technique is important to me and it always seems that my stitching is better when I use a frame.
I have always used wooden round spring hoops or just in hand. I have never tried stretcher bars. I would like to as I have a couple of kit I got for Christmas and think it would be a better way to do it.I can’t find new hoops with springs anymore and mine are very old.
Thanks, Carol W, Windsor, CA
I am interested in the Evertite Bars- I’ve never used them but have heard a lot about how wonderful they are. Being able to adjust them after your piece is in would be a great improvement for me. I currently use various hoops or a K table stand. the problem is that I tend to push on the fabric when I’m stitching, thus loosening it. Along with being annoying, it means I then have to remove and replace somewhat frequently. Being able to tighten up without removing my piece would be a vast improvement.Of course I could learn to stitch differently, but at my age, I’m not confident. Thanks for your blog which I read every day. I have learned so much from you
Evertites! I tried my first Evertite frame (two pairs of stretcher bars) last year. I cannot overdo my praise of their quality and convenience. This is a big step from the ordinary wooden bars which I have formerly used. The Evertite website is enlightening. Thanks go to you and Evan Burroughs for including them in your list of treasures.
I ride a company bus to work every day. That is when I do my stitching. Right now I am working on a large tablecloth–for which the stretcher bars would be great. I generally use a hoop, but I need something for a larger project. I have even tried to make my own, from picture frame pieces, but dearly would like a stretcher bar.
Happy New Year!
When I frame on stretcher bars, I use the artist’s stretcher bars that are 2 inches wide. Cost has been my main reason. I have just started using Evertite stretcher bars and love them. To have more would be wonderful!!! Almost everything I stitch is on stretcher bars.
I usually stitch in hand for cross stitch. I have used a hoop for redwork, but I don’t really like it, seems like the work always gets loose, and I don’t like to press the hoop over previously done work. I have never used stretcher bars except for canvaswork. Looks like they’d be very helpful for larger pieces to keep them from getting distorted. I presume I’d need a stand to hold the work on the stretcher bars, though.
For small projects I usually use a hoop, but I treated myself to a couple of sets of Millenium bars and the floor stand a couple of years ago. Love them! Most often the floor stand is occupied by my hand-quilting hoop, though. I really need to do more embroidery!
Thanks to you introducing me to you, I’m a huge fan of Evatites, and wouldn’t want to use anything else. But of course, I need more sizes! I don’t have small ones. 10″ and 14″ is actually what I need for my next project, funnily enough!
I use evertite’s a lot! I love them for my canvas work. I don’t have all the sizes, and another set would be most welcome. When I work on linen or a sampler that is too long for bars, I used to use a roller frame. I just received my millennium frame from England 2 days ago–what an improvement. For small projects, I use a hoop. But I have to say, the evertite’s are a dream. Thanks for the giveaway!
Hi Mary, I have always from a very small age used a round wooden hoop but would love to try the stretcher bars if I am lucky enough to win one.:)
I always stitch using a frame and the one that I am using right now is very similar to the Evertite stretcher bar. As you said, I too really like the ability to control the tension on the stretcher bar as it does make a difference to your stitching. Once again, thanks for the lovely give away.
Joan Turrell from Canada
I just started using a q-snap frame, and I absolutely love it! Being able to tighten the fabric on the frame without removing it is a big bonus. For really small projects, like ornaments, I stitch in hand or use a very small hoop.
I stitch both in the hand and using stretcher bars (seldom use a hoop). I like using stretcher bars cause material is more uniformly tight and straight. I have several pairs of stretcher bars of various lengths and widths and may have several projects on bars at the same time (yes I stitch more than one project at a time). I really want to try the Evertite bars, but haven’t broken down yet to purchase… Hope I win a set!
When I stitch I usually use a hoop. I have learned I am not as tempered as I would like to believe I am. I use wooden or plastic round 6-8″ types – they can hold pretty taut.
I also have a snap together one – I use more or less for big stitch or running stitch quilting. I have never investigated the stretcher bars until today – they appear like something I would like to try – they seem like a sensible approach. I probably would not have to move the stitching so much and there wold be no marks.
Thank you, again, Mary.
Looks as if these stretcher bars work really well.
For the pulled thread pieces I am doing now, I use stretcher bars. One project is a Dresden Lace floral from a class with Jane Ellen Bazulweit; the other is a sampler of pulled thread stitches in a framework of diamonds.
I have not yet tried Evertite bars, but the tightening features would be a great help in keeping the work taut. With the stretcher bars, I stop work, remove tacks, pull the fabric tight, put the tacks back in…It takes time.
I use hoops quite a bit for smaller embroidery. I am now rewinding the hoops with cut-up old panty hose as recommended by Jane Ellen Balzulweit.
Thanks for this opportunity.
I would love the evertite stretcher bars. Most of the ladies in my EGA group have all of them in all of their sizes, but I can’t afford them right now, so I have not been able to buy them, so it would be great to win them.
LeAnn Smith in OK
I would love to try these out. When I stitch I use Q-snaps for linen projects which I use with my floor stand. When I do counted canvas embroidery I use stretcher bars, I buy artist canvas stretcher bars which I put together then tack my canvas to it.
I am just considering using stretcher bars and am quite interested.
I have always stitched “in hand” up until now.
I’ve never used stretcher bars with my embroidery. I’d love to win these to learn this method.
I’ve been getting frustrated with my hoop, so i just bought a millennium frame. It’s great! But I’m still figuring out the best way to hold it and work with it in my lap. It would be great to have a smaller frame for smaller projects.
I currently have a collection of hoops in wood and plastic and one cheep scroll frame. I saved for two years to justify buying a System 4 floor stand. A Evertight frame would be the Pièce de résistance to my new requisition
Would love to win streacher bars. I use q snap and the small plastic ones from dime store. thanks for a great give away.
Merry Fifth Day of Christmas Mary. What a delightful give-away. I usually use a hope or just plain stretcher bars as I do not have a nice stand. These would be a great tool for the needle painting projects, of which I am getting very very interested in. Happy New year!
Usually, I just do small pieces, so I use a hoop.
I’ve tried roller frames, wooden hoops, q snaps and in hand stitching.
I usually stitch in hand. If the design/stitch calls for a hoop or stretcher bars, I use the Evertites.
I usually use scroll bars to embroider. Have never has much luck with frames. Never heard of these before you mentioned them. Thanks for the heads up and opportunity to win a set. Love your work… So if YOU. Say they’re good, they must be great. Have a Happy New Year
I am cross stitcher, and usually stitch in-hand, even very large projects. I think I hold the project in a special way with my fingers behind the piece stretched, so I can stitch evenly. I use clean plastic clothespins to hold the extra fabric together and out of the way.
Some very small projects I stitch in flexi hoops (in which they will be displayed).
I have always used Le Cheapo bamboo hoop (or whatever they are) when I hoop stuff. I prefer to go in hand if I can manage it, but sometimes, you just gotta have the tension.
I use a variety of things: round hoops, scroll bars for canvas work, free hand for small things. Would love to try these!
I usually work on inexpensive stretcher bars. I have hoops and use them on rare occasions (when I’m working on a premade pillowcase or something) but I usually can’t get the hoop marks out to my satisfaction. Stretcher bars are slightly more economical with the fabric for my purposes.
I would love one of these. I haven’t been doing embroidery for very long so I haven’t accumulated things that might be helpful. At the moment I am still using only hoops.
I love the Q Snap frames, and use them whenever possible. They are so easy to mount the fabric, and tighten and loosen as needed. Plus they are very light, so they are easy to hold for a long time.
For really heavy stitching, such as thread painting, I will use stretcher bars. I’m not a fan of hoops – I don’t like the way they distort the fabric.
I usually use a Japanese embroidery frame, but I am now also planning a variety of projects for which another variety of quality frame would be much appreciated.
Nancy from Florida
I use Q-Snaps, or stitch in and for very small pieces.
Sometimes I stitch in hand – but mostly I stitch with a Hardwick Manor hoop.
However since finding Mary’s Fab-U-Lous blog, I have been jonesing to try a frame / stretcher bars.
And a BIG thanks to Evan – your donation will make someone super excited!
I use a hoop for all my stitching – generally a timber one – all bound up in cotton tape. These stretcher bars look amazing – would be great for bigger projects.
I also love these Evertite Stretcher Bars, would be great to win these. Happy New Year.
I have tried using many different kinds of frames for my stitching, but my absolutely favorites are K’s Creations scroll frames with the twill attached to the bottom of the rods. They keep my fabric very, very tight and I seldom have to re-tighten them, as I have had to do with other brands. They’re absolutely fabulous. I don’t mind sewing my fabric to the twill either. I’ve tried the Q-Snaps, but I become annoyed by trying to move those plastic clip pieces around, and frequently there’s extra fabric hanging out which gets in my way. I’ve also tried the split-rod type of scroll frame, but I find they don’t keep the fabric taut enough. Thus the scroll frames from K’s are for me.
And happy holidays to you and yours! Thanks so much.
I use stretcher bars and Q-snaps for most stitching projects. I like the idea that you can tighten your project with the Evertites.
I usually use a wooden hoop, sometimes the clamp on kind depending on the size. This frame looks great in that it can be adjusted so easily. If I’m doing a small project I don’t always use a hoop.
I stitch in all sorts of ways – in hand (usually counted thread, band sampler type project), with Harwicke Manor wooden hoops (love them), stretcher bars (have a Tanja Berlin project on a set now), or other frame. Influenced by your recent reviews, I hope to try out the Millenium’ Frame in the future. Thanks!
Since I’m a newbie, I had been using hoops. But I started a very nice kit and so I ordered some Evertites to put it on. Love it! So much better than the hoops, although for small work the hoops are sufficient.
Hi Mary, Counting myself in for the draw. I use many different types of frames and hoops. I love the Hardwick ones the best and have a lap stand for those ones. I also have a floor stand and lap stand for scroll bars from Artisan. Plus some slate frames and spring hoops. Really, it all depends on the work I’m doing. I’ve always been curious about the Evertites. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!
When doing cross stitch, I usually stitch in hand. For Hardanger and specialty stitches, I use a scroll frame. My needlepoint is on regular stretcher bars. I would love to try the Evertites. Once in a while I use Q-Snaps or a hoop, but I don’t really like either. The Evertites would be a wonderful present!!
I use scroll frames, but I’m getting frustrated with them because they slip and lose tension so easily.
I use both a hoop and a stretcher. The stretcher is used for fabric postcards and I’m kind of new to stretchers, so I’m sure I’ll find new ways to use it as I use it more often.
I use the type of hoop depending on the type of embroidery I am doing. Round hoops mainly, but when doing canvas work I use the rectangle frame. A frame is the most important part of any embroidery I do. The only time I do not use a hoop is when I am doing bullion stitch. Would love to try the new hoop you are referring to.
I am just starting hand stitching this year. I joined in on TAST (Take a stitch tuesdays) challenge. I don’t have any supplies yet – must do some shopping soon. Thanks for the opp. to enter.
I usually use a beech hoop for small items but would like to try these frames
I use a variety of tools for stitching depending on what ground cloth I am using and its size. I still have a set of split rail scroll rods for long narrow pieces. I used a hoop or q-Snaps for larger pieces using even weave or linen, and I use ether plain wooden stretcher bars or ever tites for canvas work. I am in the process of slowly building my inventory of ever tite stretcher bars. They are well worth the extra money.
Wow this is very nice I use a hoop right now but really do need something else I like my fabric very tight and the hoops seem to stretch the pattern in weird ways
Whether I use a hoop or a frame with roller bars depends ok what I am stitching. If it is a large cross stitch project I use the frame with roller bars, otherwise it is a hoop. Having said this, I have started learning gold work and it seems that I need a new type of frame that keeps mt work under constant and significant tension. These look just the thing.
Thank you for the competition.
I have only ever stitched using a hoop or without anything. I haven’t embroidered anything large though, so these have worked fine for me. I would be interested in trying a large project and using these stretcher bars.
I’ve used hoops pretty much exclusively so far, although I did do one set of projects in-hand. I’m interested in trying some crewel work, or even just a larger project that would benefit from the better tension that stretcher bars can give.
I use whatever I have around. I still have my old hoop frame I first learned on, but mainly I use Q snaps. I am looking at upgrading to Stretcher bars or even a millennium frame if I’m good this year 😉
I have used scroll frames and hoops for all types of embroidery but never a frame. This framed looks very interesting and would love to try. Maybe I will win! Happy Holidays.
I *-usually stitch in hand, but utilize Qsnaps and scroll frames on specific projects. I have often considered using Evertite for sampler pieces.
Presently, because I am in the RSN certificate program, I am using a slate frame, but I also use the fanny frame, which I love.
Thank you again, this is exciting!
Most of my embroidery is counted crosstitch, so I have been doing it stitch in hand. I have started doing crewel since I found a book at an estate sale. For this, I use a wooden hoop that I got at that same sale. There is a Needleworkers Guild chapter in an adjacent town that I want to join because, now that I am retired, I have time to learn new things, and there is so much they can teach me.
I like to use a floor frame so that I can sit comfortably on a straight backed chair
Since I am very new to embroidery, I’ve only used cheap plastic or wood hoops for the 2 projects I’ve done. Terrible, I know!
It depends. For cross-stitch I work in hand, but for drawn and pulled thread, canvaswork, goldwork and any other surface embroidery I use stretcher bars. I’ve been using the ones from Frank A Edmunds Co. I find hoops will not keep a tight enough tension even with proper preparation. When I was 9, I knew no better and I did and you can tell.
I prefer to use a frame when stitching. For medium size work, I use a round, hands free frame called a Stitch Ezy. For small pieces I use smaller, beech, round frames with a screw which can be tightened or loosened with a screwdriver. For anything large I use a wooden frame which I bought second hand years ago. It serves the purpose but is difficult to use so a set of Evertite bars would be such a joy to win.
I have always used a hoop until recently when I tried a scroll frame – which I have found much easier to use. I only have a small one so would really love to try a larger stretcher bar frame.
I normally use a hoop, but my latest big project I finally used a slate frame and love the tension I get from it. I’m working on another small item in a hoop, and miss having that great tension. I was just thinking last night that I need to try the Evertite stretcher bars and see if it gives me the tension I prefer for the smaller projects.
I have been using Morgan No-slip Hoops and do like them for I can have drum tight fabric. BUT
the drawback is that to move the fabric I have to undo and change the fabric. I like the idea of today’s hoops and would love to work with them, so-o-o-o I hope I win!
When I smock, I smock and embroider in the hand but when I embroider, I do prefer to work in a frame. My stitches always look better and I’m happier with the final product.
A good question and a hard one for me to answer – it depends what I’m stitching. Goldwork HAS to be worked in a hoop or frame as far as I can see (and these stretcher bars look great for goldwork!), and so does needle painting … and so does Bayeux stitch … but for something freer, perhaps more modern and with only a bit of stitching in it and a lot of other ‘textile art’ such as soldered organza or whatever, I probably try to avoid using a frame.
And then there’s free machine embroidery – which is a whole other story! A lot of people say a frame is essential for that but I go out of my way to avoid using one whenever possible!
I normally do surface embroidery on children’s clothing or white work and use a wrapped wooden hoop. The hoops I have are from Germany and can be tightened with a screw driver. I do have one set of the Evertite frames that I bought after your glowing recommendation and I really, really like it. I used it for a large crewel embroidery picture.
I usually use stretcher Bars for smaller needlework (Canvas) and I use my stand with the roller bars.Which I use a lot..The stretcher bars we buy here certainly do not look like the bars here Yours look so much more better..I would use them more than my other ones I can see that…Thanks for the Opportunity to win these lovely looking stretcher bars…Happy New Year All
I almost always use a hoop of some kind whether a spring form or a round wooden type in the hand or on a stand. I would love to have the experience of using stretcher bars,just to see what it would be like and how the end result of my piece embroidery would turn out.
I have 2 floor stands which I prefer to stitch on with both hands free. I also have several hoops that I will use for smaller projects. I have never been able to stitch in hand comfortably. Thank you for a chance to win some stretcher bars
I normally use a scroll frame (an old Grip-it frame that I don’t think are made anymore) for large projects. For smaller projects I use wooden hoops. I would love to try one of the evertite frames– they look wonderful!
since I first began to embroider at a very young age I have always used hoops.Wooden ones at first then plastic and bamboo.
Thanks for this opportunity to win some frames.
I have never used a stretcher bar, only hoops. I believe, through your education, that the use of a stretcher bar would benefit my work of fine embroidery.
We continue to look forward to 12th Night.
Now this is an item I am familiar with! I only have two different sets and constantly reconfigure them to use for as many projects as I can. Sometimes I’ll buy a little extra canvas so it will fit the sizes I have. Eventually I hope to have a varied assortment for all my stitching, but I’ll have to work it in 2012’s budget later in the year, unless… ; ))
Decades ago I used hoops but I prefer to stitch with no stretchers if at all possible.
Wow! I agree that these Evertite bars seem just the right tool for small projects…I am a big fan of my slate frame I brought back from the UK 2 years ago. I love the difference in my stitching accuracy when the fabric is stretched taut. I would love to win the 10″ and 14″ set of Evertite bars. I think this competition is such fun as we ease from Christmas into the New Year.
This is great! I’ve always wanted Evertite frames so this would be a wonderful win… Thanks for the opportunity! I currently have one project in a hoop and one more in a really bad, cheap frame. Needless to say, between the two I prefer the hoop!
i’ve only used the small clover plastic or wooden hoops but i’ve been dying to try one of these stretcher systems!
Happy fifth day of Christmas!
When I stitch, I wish I had 5 golden rings or even frames. Unfortunately, my budget has only allowed me to purchase 2 scroll frames when they were on sale at 1/2 price at the local fabric store. I have modified them by using hardware and purchased dowels that I stapled twill tape to, and that is my only frame for now – an improvised frame. The frame is strung and being used like a slate frame. It does work, but someday I hope to have a “real” collection of frames.
I am happy to have something to work with. The ecclesiastical project on the frame is turning out well.
I usually use a good quality hoop, but I would love some nice stretcher bars!
I usually use a standing frame, but I’d love to have some stretcher bars too!
I typically use a hoop.
For small embroidery projects, I would use round hoop; bigger projects, I would use a stretcher bar.
Thank you, Mary.
I use a hoop, but I’ve been dying to try these since you wrote your review.
I have yet to indulge in a frame like this. The round 2 piece hoop is my go to when using a hoop.
For most of my stitching I use some hoops or q-snaps. I have always dreamed about something like that. Maybe one day I’ll try it. I have a list of great things, which I would like to have for my stitching. Most of them were mentioned in your blog. Your blog is so useful.
My favorite embroidery frame is a slate frame . I’ve never tried Evertite stretcher bars, but they look interesting.
Thanks for the giveaway contest!
I love doing goldwork and stumpwork and mostly use Jarrah Lacky (Aus) stretch frames for these pieces. I would love to try the Evertite stretcher bar frame as the advantage would be being able to adjust the tension of the fabric by loosening or tightening the frame.
Hi Mary! Another awesome giveaway today! I use a lap style hoop most of the time, or a large oval or circular hoop occasionally. I have a variety of small hoops, collected through the years (if I see on in the thrift store or at yard sales, I buy it, you can’t have too many hoops,lol!) This giveaway is a very nice tool, and I LOVE all tools! At this time I am working on multiple projects, and I think I could put this tool to use, and I bet every one of us would be thrilled to win it! Thanks again!
I use a plastic oval hoop. I’ve never tried a hands free type before and the idea intrigues me because my left (holding) hand becomes sore.
Evertite Stretcher Bars – for me sheer delight
As with lacing tools I’ll no longer need fight
Thanks to Mary’s wonderful largess
My needlework now will be a success
As fight with tension will have been put to flight!
I keep trying and will continue. I’d love to win the stretcher bars.
I am a cross stitcher and use hoops or in hand. Would love to have a set of the stretcher bars for my larger projects. Thanks for the chance to win!
For the past few years, I have been working on needlelace and drawn thread projects, and they don’t require a frame. However, this is the year I am returning to crewel for the first time since the 1970s. (I’m taking Judy Jeroy’s independent study course from EGA). Clearly, I do need this frame!
I have used Q Snaps, a plain old round or oval plastic embroidery hoop, a good round hoop from Needle in a Haystack, and sometiimes I just hold my project. Have never had stretcher bars, but would love to try them. The project I am working on now would work very well in these.
Normally, I stitch in hand. However, I have started to do much more specialty stitches, and I like my fabric to be held in a frame or hoop for the stitches. In addition, I am developing arthritis in my left thumb joint (holds the fabric hand), so I am transitioning to using a frame. I am still experimenting with what will work the best for me. I am also hoping to stitch several rather large projects from Heaven and Earth Designs, so a frame will be a must for them. These stretcher bars sound wonderful, and I would be eager to have a set. Thank you for your blog — I have learned so much from reading it. Carolyn
I use just plain old artist’s stretcher strips or a plastic hoop (about the only thing I can find in my city). I have so many because I need different sizes that I’m running out of storage room. These Evertite frames look like the answer to my problems and I bet they would fit on my new Needle Needs “Necessaire” stand! Yes,I bought one. It is staring at me waiting for something to do.
I normally use wood frames when I do needlework. I am most comfortable with my work mounted on a frame. I do find the hardest part is stretching the canvas unto the frame, and with these frames you would be able to keep the canvas taut all the time…hooray.
I prefer to stitch in hand most of the time.
But for a VERY special project a frame would be best.Ie a Trish Burr project.
Phillipa in NZ
Happy Fifth Day Mary,
I usually use Q-Snap frames or my old wooden hoops that were given to me by my mom when I was a child. I also have some antique metal frames from my mother-in-law that are from when she was a child and she is now in her 90’s. I have enjoyed discovering some of the other tools of embroidery as well as the stitching from you. Thanks for all of that, Debbie Thompson
I prefer stretcher bars to a hoop when stitching. I have a few in my stash that have not been unwrapped and they are “Marie Products” brand — made in the USA. Some I’ve had for many years and have no idea of the brand name.
This 12 days of Christmas is so much fun. Thanks.
Red Oak, TX
I would love to try some really good stretcher bars. I tried some not so good ones and was disappointed and went back to my hoops. I use German made hoops as they seem more durable and less apt to splinter. Love this contest!
I just purchased a stand with scroll frame. Normally I use a hoop but have just put this together. I haven’t even used it yet. There are so many times I need both hands for the stitch and a hoop can be awkward. After reading about the Evertite bars it’s definitely on my wish list.
I really like q-snaps, they are so easy to use and don’t leave marks on your fabric and if it seems a little loose a little twist and you are all set.
I would love to win the stretcher bars, I have using hoops as of late. When I first started needlework, many years ago, with cross stitching, I did have some bars and I really liked using them.
Thanks again for the opportunity to win such great prizes.
Happy New Year!
Diana in Sioux Falls
I would rather stitch without a hoop or frame but tend to do that only with cross-stitch projects. For small projects, I use Hardwicke hoops as I have found them the best at holding the fabric. For larger projects, I prefer using stretcher bars, especially if I’m working on goldwork, thread painting or canvaswork.
I’m still a beginner so I just use a plain, old hoop. Sigh!
If I’m working on a small linen piece, I like to stitch in hand and roll it, as when using needlepoint canvas. For a larger piece, I use tacks and attach it to a frame with tongue-and-groove corners. Thanks, Mary, for sharing information on the Evertite frames. Am enjoying all your Twelve Days of Christmas articles!
I have and use a round frame that you can clamp to the edge of a table or you can sit on a piece of wood to keep it stable. Both modes adjust up and down on a dowel to a comfortable level. L. Ott
I agree with you Mary. For my first project I picked up a pair of inexpensive stretcher bars from a local craft store. They were adequate. After hearing you rave about Evertites I decided to try them. They are absolutely wonderful and I am hooked. They are definitely worth the little extra in cost.
I most often use Q-Snap frames, probably
because I was a quilter before I was an
embroiderer. However I don’t find them
totally satisfactory and would love to try
using the Evertite frames.
Evertite stretcher bars are alos my favorite for projects that are not huge. They are so much less work than re-framing to tighten a project’s fabric!
Oh my. What a useful accessory a pair of frames would be! I usually stitch w/out a frame or hoop, but I have gotten interested in doing some canvas work via my local EGA chapter, and I am having difficulty stitching such a stiff and unfamiliar media. Now I will cross my fingers and see what happens. Thank you.
JoanMin likes to embroider on a hoop,but,would like to try scroll bars.
I use a really well fitting hoop for smaller projects and a frame for larger ones. Right now I have an ongoing, complex project in cheap stretcher bars and I’m sorry that I did not spend the money for these good ones. I’m always having to tighten the piece and check it each time I work on it.
Oh, I have just the right project for one of these beauties. I’ve never tried Evertites but they look like the would keep your fabric nice and taught.
This is it. I have been wanting an Evertite frame for a while now. Currently I use those thin wooden frames that you press together at the corners. Well, those of you who use this type of frame know that it is necessary to stretch the fabric more than once. I’m looking forward to January 9th to see if I win the frame.
I’m primarily a cross-stitcher, so I tend to use the plastic super grip kind of hoops. For larger items I have a set of roller bars and those are nice too.
The idea of being able to adjust the tension once the product is on the stitching frame sounds like a wonderful thing! So much nice than having to untack everything and then tack it back up. Thank you for the giveaway!
Would love to try some Evertites~~ This would be a great prize to win. Thanks, Mary, for all of these goodies!!
I often stitch cross stitch in the hand and use a spring or Susan Bates from for needlepainting and Hardanger but I would love the opportunity to try out something different and new to me.
I have one set of Evertite that is amazing; they were included in a class I took a couple of years ago. However, I usually use a scroll frame or regular stretcher bars as the Evertite’s I have are 6″ – most of my projects are larger than that.
Occasionally I’ll stitch in hand, but I prefer a frame of some sort and my floor stand as I stitch with both hands.
Oh wow, these can be used for severasl different types of stitching.
Please add me to the drawing.
Have to say, reading all the comments before who ever wins this set will not be disappointed. Evertite are just that..evertite.
I would be happy to have another set as I always have a few things on the go at once.
If I want to loosen off the stretch the little yellow handle tool comes out and a little turn, ther you go.
I use a round hoop for small tambour but for larger I do use a square or rectangle frame.
I use rollers only for needle tapestry and because I have them.
My large Evertites are great for that and now I have a stand even more so.
So Mary if I am lucky enough to win. Whoopee.
I am even prepared to pay postage to Australia.
Happy New Year to all.
I use either hoops or nothing. Reading your blog, I can see that keeping your fabric taut will make considerable difference in the final product. Another example of taking it slow and carefully at the beginning, pays off in the end!
I use a good quality wooden hoop but stitch in hand for certain stitches. Have been very anxious to try the evertite stretcher bars since hearing so many good things about them from you & other stitchers.
Me, I use a hoop, or embroider freehand – but so far, I’ve only tried small projects.
I stitch with a Hardwick Manor hoop on a floor frame, use plain Susan Bates hoops and stitch over my fingers. I would love to move “up” with a set of Evertite frames.
I usually use scroll bars. I love the Evertite, but you need a different set for each different size piece. Why not give away a set of all the sizes.
Actually, the other reason that I use scroll frames is that my hands are small, so a large piece on stretcher bars is difficult for me to reach in the center.
I also have Q Snaps, but they need a lot of edge, so I don’t usually use them.
But these adjustable stretcher bars are great. You don’t need to take out the thumbtacks and pull the linen or canvas tighter.
I use hopes for my small projects and use scroll frame for my larger projects…I would love to try the evertite frames…romona
Evertites are the very best of stretcher bars. I only have one pair but need more because I always have more than one project in progress at a time. Another pair would be a great help to me.
I stitch on a frame from stretcher bars– a long time ago, I stitched in hand, but then my work get dirty and stretched!
I usually use hoops, these sound great. Thanks
I usually use scroll frames or round hoops. I have a few sets of stretcher bars, but none of the Evertite kind. I’d love to try them out!
I stitch with the sit-upon hook. I really like the idea of a bigger stitching area.
I use a medium sized hoop made by Clover.
I usually use a plastic hoop, but I have one right now I put on stretcher bars – and I can already see how these would be an awesome addition! I am dreading the tightening process down the line….l
For larger projects I use a scroll frame (I hate my scroll frame but can’t afford anything better at the moment!). Small projects I’ll work in a hoop or in hand depending on the technique (eg cross stitch in hand, drawn thread in hoop).
For small projects, I use Susan Bates’ hoops. For larger projects, I use a very old (about 35 years old) adjustable frame on a stand. I did receive a new millenium frame and stand for Christmas that I am very excited about.
Depending on the project however I generally use a hoop because that is what I am familiar with. There are times when I stitch without a hoop also. I have very little strength in my hands so hooping is always a task for me. I am thrilled to be introduced to this frame. Thanks for including this style hooping in the 12 days of Christmas. Judy
I always prefere to stitch in a frame and have a collected quite a few over the years but none quite like this. I think the old saying “Horses for Courses” is true in this instance. I use all my frames at various times depending on the project I am doing at the time. I learnt at Koala Conventions one year to clamp my work to a table which then allows me to use both hands one above and one below my work and this frame would be perfect for that. Great in Crewel work and free stlye embroidery to name a couple.
I would like to win this one Mary simply because you’ve crowed about it for so long and I don’t have the cash personally to get them…Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
I normally use a springloaded hoop for all of my embroidery,because they are light weight and as I suffer with osteo arthritis in my hands I find they are the best option. However the frame you are offering as a prize looks wonderful because it would be very easy to keep the fabric tight, which is always a problem with hoops.
My grandmother taught me to use a hoop. I was introduced to frames at EGA. When attached to a stand I like having two hands free. I am improving my skills and increasing my ‘tools’ to invest in this creative art media.
Oh Mary, This is a wonderful giveaway. Wow I don’t have any of these but I do have them on a wish list. A couple of years ago my husband bought me a standing hoop from a hobby store, it’s a little inconvenient but I do like it. I love using a hoop, I don’t seem to handle the fabric as much. I follow Kathy, and I am really in awe of her hoop setup using drying racks from IKEA. This would be ideal to use with those.
Hi Mary, I use a hoop when stitching. usually a flexihoop or an adjustable wooden round hoop. At the moment I am stitching a Hardanger tablecloth for someone – it has been sitting in a drawer for 20 years and now she is unable to see properly to finish it – so for this, I don’t use a hoop.
only have cheap wooden frames, so this would be luxury/ 12″frames sound good but any size would be wonderful. many thanks,Pam
My favorite frames that I use are twofold: American dreams scroll rods for larger projects and Susan Bates hoops (any size) for the smaller ornies. I do a bit of needlepoint and would absolutely love to try these frames out!
When I started needlepointing as a teen in 1979, people didn’t seem to use stretcher bars and I stitched in hand for many years. Once or twice I tried to use artist’s stretcher bars but they are so wide. I didn’t start using stretcher bars until the early 80’s when I needed to stitch during my commute.
As the years have gone by I use stretcher bars more and more often, this year i’ve hardly stitched in hand at all.
And Ever-tites are my favorites.
I originally learnt to embroider after the 2nd world war when hoops were not used. Even teacher training taught the correct way to hold the fabric over the finger. Now I use many different types of frames, but I must say my evertide ones come out tops.
I use a round hoop, the spring-tension kind. I would absolutely love to try stretcher bars! I’ve been reading about them in your blog for years and they sound wonderful.
I just about always use a frame of some sort. I’ve tried them all–except for the evertite and the slate frame. I have been looking at slate frames and have been trying to get my partner to build one for me. I like the idea of being able to tighten while the project is framed since I’m normally working on several pieces at a time. Some do loosen up over time.
Currently my method of choice is either a scroll frame or canvas stapled to frame.
If I am working close to an edge that is finished, I will work with the piece in hand, for example a blackwork chessboard I am putting the finishing touches on in the outside border.
When I cross stitch I always use a q-snap. I do model embroidery work for an online designer and I do her pieces “in hand”. I have used wooden scroll frames but never stretcher bars. Thanks for the chance to win.
I use hoops. I am a beginner.wanted to get pne frame to improve my stitching.
Thanks to all those who are behind this huge giveaway.
I use a 7″ hoop for the small project I am currently doing. I have a 10″ hoop that I will use for a larger crewel work project.
I would love to use stretcher bars (again, I’ve read your blog on the advantages of different types of frames) but I am really constrained by expense. There are many disadvantages to using a hoop.
Helen Hicks in Prestwich
I use hoops for my Embroidery work.
If I am doing silk ribbon embroidery most times I don’t use anything because I am mostly working on clothing. I just make sure I don’t pull the ribbon too tight. Which in my opinion is biggest mistake you can make with silk ribbon embroidery anyway. I would be tickled to win the Everite bars as I am wanting to start on a flower bouquet picture with a gold work basket and silk ribbon flowers on velvet and they would be perfect.
I use hoops, frames or just held in hand depending on the stitch I’m doing and the fabric I use. I would love to have one of these frames as I’ve used one before but don’t own one. Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂
I use a white plastic Q snap frame to hold my needlework – mostly because it’s light weight and is reasonably priced. However, the 4 pieces that snap on top of the round rods seem to loose their shape and gripping power over time; so I have to keep ordering replacements -annoying and expensive! It would be wonderful to have a product like Evertite that truly does what it is supposed to do and keeps doing it well over time!
I use a hoop for stitching mostly…I recently got some Hardwicke Manor hoops and they are lovely. Sometimes I do use scroll bars for projects with a lot of satin stitches.
I have a few hoops in different sizes that I like to use. I like the plastic ones better than the wooden ones though. I have always wanted to try stretcher bars though.
It depends on what fabric I am working on and what type of design. If I am doing counted thread work on on evenweave linen, I will not use a hoop or stretcher bars, just my hands. if I am doing silk shading, I will use stretcher bars. Also, if I can fit the entire design comfortably in a hoop I will. I don’t like to crush my work.
For most hoop work I will either use a Susan Bates or a wooden Hardwicke Manor (sometimes as a hands-free). And traditional stretcher bars (with tacks) for needlepoint projects. But typically the traditional stretcher bars do result in a saggy bit in the middle – and it would be great to adjust it mid-project. Someone sure had a brilliant idea – or a frustrating day of stitching – when they came up with this method of tightening technology!
My fingers are crossed…
I usually use a hoop so I can easily loosen it when I’m done stitching for the day.
I usually use a good quality wooden hoop but would love to try the stretcher bars.
When I first started stitching (many years ago) I always used a hoop from wooden to the spring tension kind. Over the years I tried various other things that came out on the market. But always liked the scroll frames the best and use them about 99% of the time. I would love a chance to win the stretcher bars from today’s drawing.
I generally use plastic or wooden hoops because that is what is available to me here and is most portable (I spend most of my time outside or in a car) I have a friend who showed me how to use stretcher bars and I want to try them because they offer better tension.
Gosh, I have never embroidered with this kind of tool…but I would love to try them. Hope I win. Thanks, Mary, for your generosity and kindness in all that you do for us.
When I stitch I usually use the Evertite frames. They’re fantastic! However, if it’s just a small, simple project, I’ll just use a hoop.
I would love to have the Evertite Stretcher Bar Frame. I currently use a wooden or plastic hoop frame and would like very much to upgrade.
I like to use stretcher bars for needlepoint, hoops for work that is with a softer fabric. Thanks for the opportunity!
Oh wouldn’t it be great to own the Rolls Royce of frames – sounds just like me especially as I’m never likely to actually own a Rolls Royce! I am off to an embroidery school in March where such a frame would be such an asset. What a lovely gift prize – thank you
I used round hoops becaused they are ready available here. I have never used a stretcher hoop kind.
Joanie M in West TN
I use an old picture frame that I bought from a framer’s for about $2. I work mainly in silk and stretch the fabric over the frame and use a staple gun to secure it.
Sometimes the edges of the fabric get a little damaged. I’d love to try this custom designed frame.
I’ll use hoops (wooden or plastic) for embroidery & bars for needlepoint. I have the wooden interlocking type mostly. And, about 4 different lengths of the Evertite. I like all but the vintage wooden hoops with metal tighteners.
Having read your previous post about frames anyone including myself would enjoy being the chosen one to receive such a gift.
I seldom use a hoop and choose to use the stretcher bars with canvas tape that I bought many a long year ago.
Thank you Mary and Evan Burroughs for the opportunity to win this product.
Sometimes I stitch in hand, but also use hoops. I have never tried these stretcher bars, but would love the chance to try them.
I always use wooden hoops. I either use a small one which is good for working away from home or I use my Hardwick Manor Hands Free Seat Frame.
I would also love to win this frame.
What a fabulous give-away Mary. I use either a wooden hoop or one of Susan Bates’ plastic hoops or Q-Snaps. None of them is greatly successful as I find myself pushing and pulling at the work all the time trying to get some decent tension. So for me the Evertites would be a fantastic wonderful gift.
Hello Mary:I have never used stretcher bars for my needlework, just round or oval hoops. But from your description, perhaps I should start using stretcher bars, so it would be super if I could win this prize. Thanks again for your wonderful blog each day. Connie Moser
I stitch on Evertites because of the control and would love another set!
Pat in Michigan
Most of the time I use a 3″ hoop wrapped in twill tape or just stitch without a hoop. I NEVER leave my hoop in the fabric when I’m not stitching. I’d love to try a frame, since I’m trying to do less “sewing” and more stab stitching. Sometimes I’m a lazy stitcher!
What I use for stitching depends on the project and fabric. Stretcher bars are for canvas and goldwork, roller bars for samplers on linen and a hoop for small needle painting.
I rarely stitch in hand except for some hardanger. I’d love to try out the Evertites.
Great opportunity to win and get a great item. If never used, this is a must have item… Thanks for the opportunity to add this to my collection of materials to start a project. wishes for new year
I usually use Susan Bates’ plastic hoops or a small wooden hoop. I have not done the exquisite types of embroidery I have seen on your website, but I am yearning to try some of it! I would love to try the frames on a larger piece of embroidery.
Hi Mary and thanks for another contest!
My favorite way to stitch is in hand, but sometimes for bigger projects I will use Q-Snaps or stretcher bars on a Grip It type frame.
Jan B. from Florida.
Great giveaway! I use a little wooden hoop, so it would be interesting to try the stretcher frame.
I mostly like to use a hoop, although sometimes I will stitch on loose fabric. It depends what stitch I am doing. My favorite hoop is a very old 5″ metal hoop with a spring. I have wrapped the inner ring with cotton tape, so it’s a tight fit and really keeps the fabric tight. I haven’t had a lot of luck with frames/rollers. . . probably because I get the cheap ones! LOL!
Would love to try these out. Thanks for giveaway.
Oh I would like to try this item!! I usually stitch with a round plastic hoop that has fabric wrapped around it for a tighter hold. I’ve tried some wooden frames but haven’t had luck with them. I probably didn’t buy the right kind. Sometimes I will stitch without a frame, like on my crazy quilts. thanks for another lovely giveaway!
Wow! Evertite frames sound fantastic. If I don’t win these then I may just have to stop by Needle in a Haystack and pick some up.
I usually stitch in hand but with bigger projects I do like to use roller bar-type frames to keep the extra fabric less crumpled and neat. I have some good quality hoops for don’t use them.
I use the regular wooden hoops.They are good enough for small projects,but for large projects they tend to be a little uncomfortable to use.
I usually use just a plain ol’ plastic hoop, but I am looking for new options for a larger piece I am working on. Sounds like these would be perfect!
These sound like a great stitching help! I’d love to give them a try.
I usually use a wooden hoop that my mother in law gave me. This would be great to win. Thanks
I always have some sort of support for my fabric when stitching. I have tiny hoops and large ones but my favorite is a scrolling frame. It is great for some of the larger projects I have done and love that I don’t have to get the wrinkles or folds out. The evertite sounds awesome. My scroll needs to be fiddled with pretty often to keep a tight fabric.
For hand embroidery, I prefer to use a wooden hoop. For smaller cross-stitch projects, I love the spring tension hoops. I received a bigger cross-stitch pattern for Christmas and am not yet sure what I’ll be using for it!
I like a frame for crewel, Snap Lock for cross stitch, hoops for surface stitchery and Stretcher Bars for canvaswork.
I think I have one of everything except Evertite Stretcher Bars so I definitley need a set!
Thanks for the opportunity.
Chris from Australia
PS Attempt no.2, the first didn’t look like it submitted properly. Apologies if this Comment appears twice.
I used hoops for my cross-stitching since I was 10, but about 5 years ago my dad bought me scroll bars for Christmas, and I loved the change. However, this year I started counted canvas, and the scroll bars are not working! The canvas pulls right off and wrecks my tension. I just framed one of these pieces for my sister for Christmas and used stretcher bars for the first time, and I can see how much of an improvement they would be during stitching! I also recently discovered your website, and you have been so helpful. Though I’ve been stitching for years, I still feel like a beginner–and I am a beginner with everything but x-stich. I’m really excited to try the Evertite stretcher bars!
I use a hoop most of the time. I have used scroll bars but am not a fan of them. Thanks for the giveaways. lala
When stitching wool on wool, I’ll often do that in the hand. I’ve only started using a frame in the last year and for large projects, then can be much better than a hoop. For small things though I still like a hoop.
I use regular stretcher bars for small projects but have converted to Evertites for bigger projects that seem like they will take longer. I love Everyites!
I use stretcher bars now but these seem to be a better grade than what I have. With some fabrics a better grade is better so it will not snag. I also need a wood that is easy to push the pins into as I am having problems with my hands. I will have to check out Needle In a Haystack and see what they have. Thank you. Debra Puma
I used to stitch in hand but I’m learning to use a hoop and I rather like it. I haven’t tried a frame yet but since finding such great information on your blog I’m ready to try.
As a novice stitcher, I have not splurged in stretcher bars yet. I primarily ues a plastic Susan Bates hoop or a wooden hoop.
Brynn Freal-I started trying without a hoop, but found that didn’t work for me. After breaking a few small (four inch) wooden hoops in my giant handbag, I now carry an 8 inch plastic hoop with me for most work (I nest a six and four inside just in case I want to start work on something or test a new stitch. But I would love to try this method…I’m always looking for new ways to work with my fabrics and floss! Needle ‘n Thread was my first intro into the world of embroidery and it has become a fast passion! Thanks for showing this article and giving such great information.
At the moment i am using a wooden hoop for embroidery. I hate the marks it makes on the fabric from being wedged between the 2 hoops, so i would really love a change and these look perfect.
Wow the stretcher bars are a wonderful addition to this contest! I normally use my round wooden hoops that can be hand tightened. As often as I have said I needed to try out the stand alone frames and stretcher bars I just find it to confusing in what would be the best frame to choose. It would be a wonderful to win any one of the prizes you have blessed us with. So the stretcher bars would be my third choice if I were to win anything! The flat silk would be my first choice, then the gold threads and third the stretcher bars! Don’t know if this is too forward of me, but just in case you needed to know! Blessings, Elizabeth Oliver
I guess I’ll be taking my cues from you, Mary, since I am so new to surface embroidery. Only ever having done counted cross stitch and quilting (smiles). On the towel I ordered and have started embroidering, from your Social Chicken article, I have just been working in-hand. And when I cross stitch, sometimes I just work in-hand, sometimes with an old fashioned embroidery hoop. I like the sound of the Evertite stretcher bars. I will need to get to a stitchery shop in a larger city to look at them in person. Or maybe not, if I win this drawing:)
Thanks for your giveaway offer. I use an old type round wooden hoop and I have a plastic one also. I have not seen the type of evertite hoops in India though I would like to own one. Ofcourse, if I could win a giveaway I will be far more happy. Let me try my luck! happy new Year and happy stitching.
vijayalalshmy p r
When I stitch, I use either a scroll frame or a hoop (Usual choice, but leaning more towards stretcher frames). Only done one project without any type of frame or hoop. Good learning experience. Would love to be able to find a reliable frame that helps keep tension even for projects, For there is a fear and past experience of messing them up by constantly fiddling with the tension to get it just right with the scroll bar or hoop.
I haven’t seen this sort of frame before. They do look very ingenious. Up until several years ago I was a cross stitcher in the hand but recently have been trying a wider variety of embroidery and use a wooden hoop.
I discovered stretcher bars about 2 years ago and prefer using them over a hoop…SO MUCH! You have access to the whole design and have nothing to hinder your stitching. These frames seem wonderful….I’d love trying them out and may just have to order some, if I’m not the lucky winner. There are a few things I still like to stitch “in hand”, though…..maybe, I just like fondling the fabric?
i use wooden hoops where i have wrapped the inner ring with twill tape. i have wanted to try a stretcher frame. thank you for the chance.
I have never used a stretcher bar frame before as I usually use a hoop and sometimes I stitch in hand. I would really love to try this type of frame to work with as with the wooden hoops you are always having to pull and tighten even though you get it a tight fit when you start.
I would love to try these. Have avoided them because of the cost. I am a needlepointer and use stretcher bars mostly. Like to work in-hand sometimes on small projects.
These bars would save lots of time.
I used to stich with embrodery frame. I like small embroidery fame because it is more comfortable.
I don’t use a hoop so I’d love to use these stretchers.
From your description this is a must have for my needle work, my hoops of choice at present are 2 sizes made by “Clover” or for anything larger my trusty plastic clip hoop which I have to constantly re adjust to keep my work taut, so to win this will be a huge bonus.
Thanks for another competition!! These are amazing.
I usually use a wooden hoop in my hand, but have a floor roller stand for a large tapestry I am working. I have tried other smaller roller frames but without success 🙁
Those are lovely stretcher bars. Wouldn’t they be a great prize to win?
What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a useful item! 🙂
I usually use a hand held hoop, the size of which depends on the size of the project I am working on.
I would love to use these everite stretcher bars. I use a range of hoops and I haven’t tried a frame yet. I am working on the country feeling kit from Les Designs at the moment and it would be great to work on a frame.
What I use for fabric tension depends on what technique I am doing. I would never attempt needlepoint work without stretcher bars. I like a drum tight hoop when doing punch needle and some embroidery techniques. I prefer to cross stitch, CQ and do huckweaving, pulled thread, etc. in hand with no hoop. I have a fondness for Q-Snaps too. Thanks for the opportunity to win these stretcher bars. They look really interesting.
I normally use hoops attached to a table stand so I have both hands free. I have purchased a traditional slate frame and had the tressles made (all from the Royal School of Needlework) to use for my next beg project. I would be interested in trying an easier way of dressing the frame and your frame seems easier.
I’m afraid I prefer to stitch in-hand. I only have hoops but must confess I can’t do some stitches in a hoop (like chain stitch).
I’ve never used frames or stands -(some months ago I got a frame at Castelo Branco, but haven’t used it yet – it is very confusing mounting the linen)
Wishing a Happy New Year for you and Family!
Oooh! Awesome giveaway (like the rest!).
I switch between stitching in hand and using a hoop. I use a hoop because until I started reading embroidery blogs, I didn’t really know about anything else. These stretchers are on my “to-get” list because it seems like they would avoid some of the things that annoy me about hoops.
Hi Mary – I’m a ‘hold in the hand’ embroiderer, but have seen the results of my English mum-in-law’s beautiful embroidery using stretcher frames. I would love to experience using these frames as I am sure it would make my work easier! Thanks for this offer!
I don’t even remember the brand of hoop that I use and it’s not on the hoop either! But it is an oval/oblong shape, the lower hoop has a lip on it so that when you tighten the screw on the top hoop, the fabric is held tightly. The size I mostly use of this, is 4 1/2″ x 9″.
I also have a roller bar frame, but since I carry my needlework almost everywhere I go, it is too large, so I haven’t used it too much for quite a while.
These hoops that you’re showing, look really, really nice! I’ve never seen this type and am very intrigued to try it someday!
Now these look really handy! I do stitch in hand if it is a tiny project I generally I get into a nasty mess if it’s anything bigger so I just use cheap oval flexi-frames or various sizes. I do have my grandmothers old wooden circular hoop though and that’s good for bigger projects. I recently copied the design of a tablecloth she made and it was a very strange feeling knowing I was working the same design that she had stitched, using not only her hoop but the very same Anchor thread as I inherited her stash from my Mum who doesn’t sew any more. Some of the skeins were just as Gran had left them when she cut the last piece off to work with. I almost felt her looking over my shoulder giving me a helping hand. It was a nice feeling :0)))
I’ve always used the wooden hoop. Having something like these strechers would be great.
I’ve just bought Trish Burr’s Embroidery book – fresh ideas for beginners (recommended by you), and can’t wait to get started on a project. I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to embroidery, and have never used a frame, so the opportunity to win an Evertite is wonderful.
Love the daily e.mails – full of inspiration!
I needlepoint by hand.The canvas doesnt hold up too well.Sure would feel like a proper lady stitching on a fancy frame. Happy to have a spot in your contest…..
When I stitch, I prefer using a hoop but sometimes I would stitch in hand without any hoop or frame.
When I embroider I use a Jen Oop Hoop. It has three plastic rods that hold a large hoop on one end and a smaller hoop on the other. The hoop stands so my hands are free from holding the hoop. Sometimes I secure it the a clap to a table for extra security.
I generally use a spring hoop. Have used stretcher bars in the past but that was decades ago.
Oh, I would love to try this frame! I have only ever used a wooden hoop. I recently covered the inner hoop with twill tape as you suggested and it works quite well. I would like to try a frame and this one sounds like the tension is much better than my hoop. I’m pretty much a beginner and don’t embroider without a hoop.
Mary, Thanks again for offering another great giveaway. I use wooden hoops and Q-snaps. I would love a chance to try these. Very nice contest.
I use Q snaps or my Clover round hoop. I would love to try some of the stretch bars! thanks!
I usually stitch in hand, but I do use scroll rods and have used QSnaps too. Really depends on the project. Sometimes I do both!
Would love to have a chance to try these bars out, thank you.
I would always stitch n hand till I started reading your blog & learnt so many lovly things. I now use a hoop & have got used to it..these bars would be simply lovely as I’ve got used to stitching with the fabric taut now and couldn’t dream of stitching without any tension in the fabric.
Most things I do involve a hoop or stretcher bars to keep the fabric or canvas tight. Some teachers recommend Evertite stretcher bars which I tighten with a plain allen wrench. I have 12″ bars and really like that I can tighten them without removing tacks or tightening lacing. Another set and different sizes would be a great addition to what I have. Since I also have a number of works in progress more frames would be great.
I have always used a hoop to embroider but I would like to try a stretcher frame and either attach it to a freestanding floor stand or prop it against a table so I could free up both hands. That’s the thing I find most annoying about stitching in a hoop-having to hold the hoop. Thanks Mary. Happy New Year!
Good morning, I signed up yesterday morning, but I don’t see me here so commenting again now.
I always use a wooden or plastic hoop or no hoop at all. I don’t own any stretcher bars but would love to try these.
thank you for the chance
Since I’m just a beginner all I have used is handheld inexpensive plastic hoops. As I progress I’ll probably invest in a simple stand and try out stretcher bars.
I mostly use round hoops and sometimes I work without any hoop too. But I would love to try this frame and who knows I might end up using this only once I have tried it!
Swarna – WI
When I first started embroidering as a child, I had a 6 inch cork-lined, spring-loaded metal hoop. It had been my grandmother’s hoop. I wish I still had it. It worked better than any hoop I’ve had since.
These days I mostly use a scroll frame. The set-up is a pain, but it works reasonably well and doesn’t mark the fabric like a hoop will. Even so, it’s overkill for small projects.
You have sung the praises of these frames for ages. I would love a chance to try them for myself. I usually use a hoop of some kind.
I normally use one of those plastic hoops with the sprung inner ring. It’s effective, so I’ll stick with it until I’m done with my studies 🙂
I hope your silly season is going wonderfully and thank you so much for this amazing series!
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I use a hoop or stitch “in hand” – I like the portability of both methods and I haven’t invested in stretcher bars yet.
I normally use a spring-loaded hoop; I can’t work without a hoop, now.
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Thank you for all the work you do on this beautiful site, and I hope your holiday is going WONDERFULLY. Happy new year!
For me it depends on the project. For small projects, I use stretcher bars, for larger ones, generally slate frames. I use hoops for silk ribbon work, and hand quilting (sometimes). It really depends on how portable I need the work to be, a big slate frame is heavy and awkward to lug about, a hoop or stretcher bars easier to tuck in a plastic box and sling in your bag.
For crewel work I have an old fashioned padded frame from Susan Hawkins, with a sand bag weight to secure it on the edge of a table so I can work two handed. Beloved got it for me as a birthday present last year, at the Knitting at Stitching Show in Ally Pally. I LOVE this, you pin the work to the padded frame with long heavy duty pins, in the same way as you would use tacks for a stretcher bar, but it is so quick and easy to stretch your work or reposition it.
I usually do not need a frame.For some project when I need one I either use a plastic round frame with an inner spring rung or sometimes I need to use a square plastic frame – which is on a stand with clips to stretch the material. It depends on the type of embroidery that I do.
I have always used a wooded or plastic hoop for smaller projects. I would love to try using this for some larger ones that I plan on starting in 2012. Happy New Year by the way!
I have never had any hoop or stretchers, and would love to own anything like this to improve my needlework. Wonderful offer !
I have a small project that I am going to try and I need a frame that I can tighten.This frame looks like it would be perfect.
I use plastic frames that look like PVC piping with a plastic clamp. After reading your review, I would like to try the wooden stretchers.
I normally use either regular scroll bars or hoops or the square plastic one, sometimes I hold it in hand. It just depends on the type of stitching I’m doing.
In the past I used hoops. After reading your review, I decided to try the Evertite frames and now I prefer those, but I only have four sets. Since I usually have more than two projects going at a time, that means some projects are still on hoops.
I use bars and hoops. My hands seem to tire more quickly if I’m working in hand. I have not used Evertite stretcher bars, but have been very interested in them after your reviews on line. I read your daily newsletter and have purchased many items based on your reviews … and haven’t been disappointed yet!
I use a plastic hoop…not sure what brand. The ones you can get really tight. I’ve tried strether bars in the past and could never get them tight enough so I’m excited to try these.
Alice in Las Cruces
Oh my, I would love to try the Evertite frame. For the most part I use a wooden hoop when I stitch and find that I am forever adjusting the tension of the fabric. Thank you!
Tania in Brooklyn, NY
I currently use stretcher bars for all of my needlepoint, and also for some of my linen. Although I have an extensive collection of non-adjustable strether bars, I am currently trying to switch all of my projects to evertite, as I am not always timely in finishing a project, so it is really helpful to be able to re-tighten the project without taking it off of the stretcher bars!
Kathy from McKinney
Oh, I have to admit these are my favorite for any canvas type stitching project I have. I do not stitch in hand, I am never happy with the tension of my work when I have tried it. I use a Hardwich Manor hoop for small projects, stretcher bars for canvas and scroll rods for larger projects. I did recently purchase a set of slate frames to try but haven’t braved the set up yet. I use q-snaps for medium sized projects I have a set of Evertites and love them. I had purchased a second set but the dog decided they must be for him and chewed them to splinters. Thanks for the opportunity.
Marjo in Alaska
I have only stitched using a hoop, but I am really wanting to get a set of stretcher bars and try them. I only recently realized there was a right and wrong side to the inner hoop on my embroidery hoop! Durrrrrrr
I prefer to use a support of some kind when I am embroidering. I use a hoop or a eectangular ‘rolling’ frame, whichever is big enough to hold my fabric for the whole of the stitching time. I use waste fabric to enlarge my work so that it will fit. I would love to try the Evertite stretcher bars – I can’t see a supplier in the UK.
I have a smaller frame that rolls the finished part of my work on wooden rods as I finish part of it. Sometimes it is difficult to use, especially if I have used beads. Then I can’t get the fabric taut enough. For small embroideries I don’t use a hoop, just holding it in my hand works well.
Cheryl in San Diego
I just finished a cross stitch sampler but did not use strecher bars. It was slightly distorted. Have only used the strecher bars that slip together at the ends. These sound interesting and worth a try!! Linda in Carson City NV
One kind of hoop I cannot stand is the metal one. I am used to using the wooden ones the most, but am enjoying the plastic one with the thumb screw at the top. It just might win out over the wooden one. Happy New Year and thanks.
I am always open to trying a new tool. Stitches always look better when the fabric is held taught; just enough.
I am always open to trying a new tool. Stitches always look better when the fabric is held taught; just enough.
Oh, these would be wonderful. The only hoops/frames I have are the sad little plastic ones. I do have them in a variety of sizes, but they’re far from elegant. Grown-up stretcher bars would be divine!
I mostly use stretcher bars- I just can’t seem to keep my project taught in hoops. I really like that you can tighten when the project is already mounted that’s great.
Many years ago I stitched in hand or wrapped around Erica Wilsons plastic tube. Graduated to the old style stretcher bars, then new and then hallelujah! Evertites were born! Have been slowly replacing old bars with E’s which I love! Would love to win another set so I can get another work in progress! Thanks!
I usually stitch in hand on my crazy quilt blocks… not the best way but I hate it when I have to stretch an already stitched seam under a hoop. For my next project I’m going to use a slate frame and I’m rather excited about that!
I’m mostly a stitch-in-hand girl. I have used stretcher bars and of course hoops when the project calls for it. These bars look very technical.
I really need a lot of tension when I’m stitching. I started out using hoops, but as I branched out into larger projects, I found that the larger hoops were really crummy for keeping everything tight and tidy.
I’ve been wanting to branch out into frames for a while, but the complications of basting and all that made the whole endeavor feel complicated and unpleasant. This, though, I get. I’d love to give an Evertite set a try.
I usually stitch in hand but I would love to try the stretcher bars, Thanks!
I use scroll bars for most projects. If I am working something large, I use Q-Snaps. And little things like ornaments I do in hand. Every project has its own needs, and decide what to use primarily by the size.
When I was a kid, I used to stitch without a hoop.
When I started again as an adult, I tried to use a hoop and it worked out very well. Now I’m using them all the time.
As I’m planning some bigger projects for the nearer future, stretcher bars would come in very handy.
I have done most of my work on roller frames, using a floor stand. I find I work more quickly using the floor stand, but also develop less tension in my left hand and arm, which used to get stiff and sore from the extended time in a mostly fixed position. I have just received a new Millennium frame (on your recommendation!) and will be using it for my next canvaswork project. However, I will simultaneously be working a smaller Thistle Threads goldwork sampler, and these Evertite frames look ideal for this extended time online class. Thanks for the idea and the opportunity. These giveaways are great fun!
I’ve been using the same wooden hoop my mother gave me when I was just starting to stitch for the last 20 years. Absolutely love it but it maybe time to move on. I’ve also tried stitching in hand but the hoop definitely makes things easier.
I use wooden hoops that I ordered from Wool and Hoop that I really enjoy. I would like to try stretcher bars for projects that are a bit bigger. Also, anything that can get my fabric even taughter would be awesome…I can never seem to get it tight enough which makes me crazy 😉
Most of my stitching is done “in hand” although I do have several roller frames I use on larger pieces. I’ve never tried stretcher bars but these sound wonderful with the ability to tighten or loosen after the fabric is mounted.
Thanks for your wonderful offerings!
Barb aka omashee
WOW…those are wonderful. I use plain old plastic hoops and dream of stretcher bars. Happy New Year Mary.
I always used to use a hoop because I always worked only projects small enough that the entire design would fit inside the hoop. Then I did a large holbein-stitch border on an apron, and the hoop had to be re-positioned – and when I moved it, it rubbed the floss until it looked like the whole thing had run in the wash – the entire background looked pink from tiny ‘brushed’ floss fibers. I worked most of that project in-hand, and it was a big improvement. My current project is an embroidered tunic – the pattern is too big for a hoop, so for stitches that need support, I’m using Q-Snaps with tissuepaper over the already-embroidered parts, and they slip, roll, turn, and generally don’t hold the fabric taut. For the stitches that will work with just finger-taut fabric, I’m working in-hand, but that can result in finger cramps . . . I guess I’d prefer a frame or really large (quilting?) hoop.
I did have a roller-frame, years ago, but got very frustrated over my inability to stitch the fabric STRAIGHT to the “plasticky” canvas strips, and gave it away.
Unless the project is very small, I use stretcher bars. I am not fond of hoops as I don’t like the way they affect the fabric. I often like to have a hands-free approach to the project, too, and it is much easier to clamp down stretcher bars than hoops.
I have one lovely set of the Evertite frames and love them!! To own another set would be more than wonderful!!
Thank you for your (and your suppliers’) continued generosity, Mary.
I recently finished a large 24″x24″ needlework piece using regular stretcher bars. There were certainly times when I wished I had the Evertite bars. I have another large project in mind and would love to win a set of adjustable bars!
I use an embroidery hoop. I never knew there were other ways to hold your work until I started reading your blog! These would be great to have!
Ren. Mondragon Taos New Mexico
I use different types depending on the project. I have used stretcher bars, Q-snap frames and several different hoops including plastic and wooden ones. I agree with you, Evertites are worth the extra cost.
Wow these stretcher bars look wonderful. I currently use all types of mounts depending upon the project. I like scroll frames for their ability to tighten and move the work. However, I have recently started using stretcher bars for small dementional embroidery. Thank you for letting me know about Evertite. For Brazilian Embroidery they will come in very handy.
What a fantastic giveaway!!! I’d love to use the 10 x 14 bars.
I use — a wooden hoop, a home-made ‘stretcher bar frame covered with fabric’ with t-pins to hold the fabric (haven’t used it much) or mostly learning on various thicker fabrics held in hand. I must say I covet some nice stretcher bars.
Thanks! and Happy New Year to you.
Don’t know the name of what I’m using because they were a gift but it’s some type of stretcher frame that looks like it’s made of PVC pipe.
I would love to win the Evertite Stretcher Bars because now I have a problem with the fabric loosening while I’m stitching. It would be great to be able to tighten it without taking the work off.
I usually use wooden hoops (mine are a set from England that I found online) that I prepared according to your instructions on the website (wrapped in twill). I purchased a small wooden frame this past year to work a Celtic knot in wool, but since it is nonadjustable, my finished work was quite distorted (in fact, so much so that I haven’t blocked it yet). I know I’ll eventually finish the piece, but the Evertite stretcher bars would be a great help on my next project, I know. Thanks for the opportunity to win these!
I’m a freehand kind of gal, but stretcher bars or hoops would really be an added plus!
Would love a “system” that would be portable.
I have used wooden hoops, q snap hoops, but my favorite way to stitch would have to be just in my hands. I have never tried stretcher bars, but I am willing to try it.
Eu tenho usado o aro de madeira.Ficarei feliz em ganhar um quadro Bar Evertite. Obrigado. Abraços.
I use the Evertite stretcher bars.
I use embroidery hoops mostly, but I got a set of Evertite Stretcher Frames after reading about them here and I love them. Sometimes when I remove my stitching from the hoop I have some puckering of fabric but I don’t with the stretchers.
I use a bound wooden hoop for pulled and drawn thread. I stitch in-hand on small canvas work projects and a scroll frame on my Needlework System 4 for samplers. This year I would like to learn Crewel embroidery. I would love to try the Evertite stretcher bars. Thank you for your web site and your emails. I have learnt so much about embroidery and value all the information you share with us.
For me a hoop has been the best. I have tried to use a standing scroll frame but I just can’t seem to find the best postion. I have never tried the stretch bars but would love too.
Shelly R. UT
I would love to win a set of Evertite-this would help to get me started with building my collection of these. I normally always use regular stretcher bars as they keep my canvas from being distorted and make the ground fabric
much easier to see. This would make my Christmas 2011 very special.
thank you for this opportunity.
I have used all kinds of strether types. Hoops, PBC plastic ones and stretcher bars give the best results. I have a piece tacked on a set and it has been there for several years as I lost the directions and threads. When I found the lost items and started working the piece it was great as it didn’t have stretcher marks, wasn’t pulled out of shape and was as nice to work on as it was years ago.
I use round hoops that have a screw to tighten the outer ring for small projects. When I took the workshop with Tanja Berling I purchased a set of stretcher bars she recommenden, up until then I was using a set from Michaels Store. It would be a treat to work with ajustable bars, instead of removing the tacks and restretching when the tension gets looser. I have never seen stretcher bars that are ajustable. Ana-Maria K