June 2, 2010

possibly the nicest embroidery hoop ever

A friend of mine said, "Hey, you embroider. I have a hoop I can give you." I had no idea the hoop would look like this.

What a beauty! This is a third hand hoop and can be clamped to a table so one can embroider with two hands free, instead of using one to hold the hoop. I feel I need to up my embroidery game to be worthy of such a nice hoop. Anyone out there use a hoop like this? Any advice on the care and maintenance of the old wood?


  1. The traditional treatment for raw wood would be linseed oil, which soaks into the pores and gives you a clean, smooth but not necessarily hard protective finish - as used on cricket bats and gun stocks. It is likely to change the colour of the wood though, and after all that wood looks in excellent condition as it is. A blend of beeswax and linseed oil used to be used as a furniture finish, but I'm afraid I don't know how to make it and I don't know if it is commercially available. Till you decide how to treat it, try to avoid fluctuations in temperature and humidity if at all possible.
    All the best!

  2. Oh, that's amazing! How lucky- I didn't even know they made loops like that, and I could certainly use one lately. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  3. You must be cautious of using linseed oil it may discolour the projects you work on. Use Mineral oil instead it is clear, won't give you a hard finish but keeps the wood hydrated. brush on a coat, let it absorb in a warm area over night (or longer) and then with a clean rag remove the excess and buff it then leave it another day for extra drying time. it'll be ready to use and you can reapply every 6-12 months depending on use.

  4. Thank you Jonathan and Anonymous for the advise! I will store it then out of the sunlight and away from the heating unit to minimize temperature and humidity issues, and I'll do some more beeswax and mineral oil research.

    Susan and Corvus, isn't it gorgeous? I am lucky. I think maybe I'll try beading since that requires two hands. I'm off to the drawing table!

  5. Wow, this is cool. I could so need something like this for my exam ^^
    It looks soooo much better than the modern hoops that come with a foot or clamp.
    Awesome :)

  6. I like it. I think that hoop will add a great deal to the sewing experience and create a nice atmosphere while you sew. When did the hoops start looking like that? You should make a dress of that time to go with it, just for fun =)

  7. I agree Cao, this does look so much better than modern hoops.

    Hi Malin! I have to do some research to figure out when this hoop was made, but the idea of a dress from that time is a good one. Hmm, something to think about.

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