I’m trying out using a q-snap for the first time today. My question is, is it safe to leave the embroidery in the frame when I’m done stitching? Or should I remove it, like when using a hoop? Which, hoop or q-snap, do you prefer?
If you use a q snap just “loosen” the tension at the end of stitching session.
I'll say, that after experimenting with Q-snaps, I'm back to the basic hoop. I can see how the Q-snap might be better if I'm working on a larger piece, but right now I'm doing a bitkit and the hoop just feels better.
Please tell me about these “stretchers” what are they called and where do you get them
I nearly forgot! Yes, there are unicorns among us who stitch in hand with no hoops or frames whatsoever. I’ve tried that, but I get wonky stitches if I go bare naked.
I've never tried Q-snaps. They just seem bulky to me (but maybe I should give them a try!). I mainly use a 10x11-inch rectangular hoop (and a stand), and remove my stitching from the hoop at the end of each day. There's a lot of moving the hoop around, but I haven't had a problem with wrinkles or hoop marks or fraying or wearing. Good luck. (And your piece is beautiful!)
I am a newbie to this, I have tried a Q-snap and it did leave a little impression. I prefer to do stitching in hand whenever possible. I love your work!
Lovely work, btw!
Generally, I agree it’s best not to leave your work in a hoop. One thing to consider is whether the Q-snap fits so tightly that you might damage your work from repeated removal. I’ve sworn them off for this reason - mine fit so tightly that it severely frayed the edge of my fabric. I prefer a hoop or my trusty K’s Creations scroll frame. These days, I lean toward a basic hoop.
I go back and forth between hoops, q snaps, scroll rods. I think you should remove your WIP from the Q Snaps after your stitching session.