Wish I had Remembered This Earlier!

  All of us who embroider and sew love the tools that make the project go “easier”. I for one have accumulated all kinds of tools relating to my hand embroidery as well as machine sewing through the years. Now, for the interesting part… I do organize my tools of the trade so I can find them and/or see and grab them at a quick glance… whether they are in a drawer/case that is specifically labeled or just hanging around on a shelf out in the open. I am very fortunate to have some wonderful furniture passed down to me by my mother-in-law who was a fantastic sewer and very talented. So many of my items that I stitch are on the shelves being displayed including tools that are unique and used in the embroidery craft.  

   So a number of weeks ago I went to a class with “Alison Cole” as the tutor, and had a fabulous time. All of the elements are stitched with a hoop. I basically “hand held” my hoop for the class.  I did have an small Irwin clamp (need a much bigger one) to attach it to the table but the clamp was just to weak to hold the hoop. So I suffered holding it.  We only worked on just one element at a time so it was not to bad. Came home and started to work on the elements to get them finished. Ummmm…fast forward and guess what …my hands started hurting! This was unacceptable so had to take a few days off for recovery.  In the meantime I am in my “handwork area” and reorganizing things. Then something said  “Look Up”…so I did and then it hit me… I have this sit on frame up on the very top of my furniture that I could of used for my class as well as here at home. It “CLAMPS HOOPS”! I remember thinking ages ago how do I use this embroidery stand….never once thinking that it would work for the class I took…(not going to tell you what I was thinking when I realized I could of used it at the class…some major mumbling went on) .   Sooooo…now you probably know I am using it for finishing the embroidery and therefore less stress on my hands and arms.  Such a relief…thank goodness for “tools of the trade”.

   This is a Sonata Frame and I remember purchasing it, but when….that’s a blank…. What is neat about this frame it raises and lowers, tilts, clamps fairly wide hoops and best of all you can spin the hoop over to the back when you need to fix something or end off.  There are “wing nuts” and they even supply a wooden tool to tighten these down so you are not going crazy and hurting yourself…Here are some pictures of the hoop…. I am estatic to have this in my tools of the trade now that I know how to use it. Something wonderful that I wish I had remembered earlier to make my stitching life easier! I was so disappointed in myself in having forgotten this tool. I already have other projects I will use it for in mind!


Lots of knobs for twisting and turning to get it so you can be comfortable stitching!

And “yes” that is one of my cats lazing on the deck ! She is now 14 years old. My other one is going on 18…


This is the frame flipped to the back… 

6 thoughts on “Wish I had Remembered This Earlier!

    1. Annie's Needle Arts Post author

      Thanks….Finally got my “good” embroidery glasses fixed! What a treat to be able to see better! I do have other seat frames with the “attachable” hoops. I was soooo happy to finally remember this seat frame. It can be tough for me to remember what I have available to use to make my stitching smoother and easier! Glad I try to label just about everything…I am getting older everyday!

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    1. Annie's Needle Arts Post author

      Thanks! The sit on frames are great!! I don’t have a trestle but I do have and interesting “airdesk” that my husband made one of the pieces with a hole so I could sit my frame on that…I will have to share about it one day …it’s different.

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    1. Annie's Needle Arts Post author

      Thanks! I have had that Needle-Minder for a long while now…as far as I know most Needlework shops carry them. I do a lot of on-line shopping so you could just search “needle minder for embroidery” hopefully that will come up with some results for you. I will check the image tab and then you can see the different ones out there and there is usually a “visit the site” under the picture you can click on. ( I like looking at the pictures to see if anything catches my eye) You could check “Etsy” out also. I have seen a few lately that have been carved out of wood..!! Interesting to say the least.

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