The greatest advantage of working with a frame, is that the frame holds your work and your hands are free.

Pipe Frame in Use

 Our double decker pipe frame is a firm favourite and is used for both cross stitch and canvas work.  Never use clamps over your fabric or canvas, but rather frame your work with calico or scrap fabric before clamping it onto the frame.  This way your work will not be marked or distorted.  At this point it is worth mentioning that you should never leave your work in a hoop for any length of time or the hoop will leave marks which are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Pipe Frame

Your double decker frame consists of two frames – one larger than the other.  Depending on the size of your work, choose one to hold your work and one as a stand.  You can support the frame on your lap, or if you prefer, on a table.

I was very pleased to learn the technique of positioning my stronger hand underneath my work and passing the needle through the work to my weaker hand.  You not only save time but after a while the rhythm results in very even stitching.  Persevere and in a short while it will become second nature to work in this way.

Our hoop and tray frame is another winner.  You can support just about any size embroidery hoop in the clamp and adjust the arm to ensure a comfortable working position.  Once again you can balance the frame on your lap or on a table.  Your scissors, thread and needles can all be accommodated in the tray and when you have finished working, you merely flatten the arm supporting your hoop and move your work and accessories in one piece.  Couldn’t be easier.

Tray and Hoop Frame

It is important when working needlepoint tapestry to ensure that your work is as taut as possible.  The tapestry stitch, unlike cross stitch, is worked in one direction and the constant diagonal pull can result in a distorted canvas.

After securing the top and bottom of your canvas to the rollers, you may choose to lace a strong thread through the sides of the canvas and around the frame.

Our frames consist of sides to support the rollers (dowel sticks), dowel sticks long enough to accommodate the width of your canvas and a space of about 5cm on each side and legs to hold the frame.  Once again you can support the frame on a table or on the arms of a comfortable chair.

I find the long legged tapestry frame very comfortable to use.  The width is determined by the cross bars or if you prefer ‘foot rest’.  This stabilizes the frame.  When sitting in my favourite chair, I simply pull the frame towards me until it is over my lap allowing easy access and a comfortable working position.   

Long leg Frame

Using the correct equipment really adds to the enjoyment of needlework making it easier to do and the end result is better as well.