Working from the inside of a hoop

by Jan
(Henderson, NV)

I recently ran across a photograph of an embroidery project where the design is on the inside of the hoops instead of the outside. I had never heard of this, and cannot find any references to it. Is this at all advisable? I can see advantages and disadvantages to doing so while working my cross-stitching.

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Using screw hoop upside down and thread ends

by Muriel Eaton
(Montreal, QC, Canada)

When I learned embroidery in the late 50s, the sisters demonstrated that it is easier on your embroidery thread if you use the hoop upside down as the screw will be behind the fabric all the time and never catch your thread when you pull it.
The hoop can be taken out if you need to hide the thread ends inside the nearby stitches. It is easier to manipulate both needle and fabric that way.

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