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Tools & Toys Tuesday: Embroidery Seat Frame

Tools & Toys Tuesday: Embroidery Seat Frame

Do you guys ever stitch with a seat frame? This is absolutely my favorite embroidery tool right now – I find it vital for crewelwork, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately, as you know. In case you’ve never used one, it is basically a hoop on a stand, and you slip that flat paddle-esque bit under your thigh and sit on it. This allows your hoop to sort of hover over your lap, leaving both hands free to manipulate thread.

Tools & Toys Tuesday: Embroidery Seat Frame

This isn’t the most photogenic scene, but this is generally where I stitch and how I sit. I can shift the frame from side to side and raise or lower it, as well as tilt the hoop itself to give me the angle I need. I don’t know why exactly I find my seat frame so invaluable for crewel stitching – I’ve never been one of those stitchers that can keep one hand above and one below the fabric. I’m much too awkward for that, but I suppose I do use both hands for crewel to position threads more than I would for other embroidery types.

My seat frame sat mostly unused for a long time, but I wouldn’t be able to live without it now that I’ve started using it more. I even bought two new hoop sizes for it when I was visiting the Royal School of Needlework shop at Hampton Court Palace recently!

Do you use any sort of special tools like this, stitchy peeps? Tell me about ’em!