Nurge beechwood embroidery hoops are finely sanded and hand-polished for a smooth, natural wood finish.
Choose from four hoop diameters to suit a variety of mending projects (100mm, 130mm, 160mm and 190mm) and two different hoop depths (standard 8mm and a chunkier 16mm). Ideally your hoop should be larger than the area you’re mending.
My favourite size at the moment is 16mm deep x 130mm diameter, but if you're unsure or have never used a hoop before, 8mm x 130mm is a good size to start with for small mending projects.
All Nurge hoop sizes sold here are compatible with the Nurge embroidery seat stand, for when you need an extra hand.
Made in Turkey from beechwood and brass, with no extra packaging.
Embroidery hoops keep fabric smooth and taut, to help you achieve better tension when stitching, darning and patching.
Prefer a darning mushroom or fabric stabiliser to a hoop? Check out our range of tension-taming tools.
Embroidery hoops are designed to be used with woven (non-stretch) fabrics. When mending or embroidering stretch fabrics, I recommend attaching water-soluble stabiliser first, to prevent crying and/or swearing.
- Unscrew the hoop to loosen it (without removing the screw).
- Remove the outer hoop and place your fabric over the inner hoop, with the area to be mended framed in the centre.
- Place the outer hoop over the top of the fabric (you might need to unscrew it a bit further to make it fit). Tighten the screw until the fabric is secure.
- Pull the fabric taut but not too tight along the warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads. When mending a hole or rip (not just a threadbare area), be careful not to overstretch your fabric in the hoop or your stitching will become floppy and distorted once the hoop is removed.
Want to see how it’s done? Modern Mending the book includes 18 pages of hand-stitching instructions, 32 pages of darning instructions and 30 pages of patching instructions, with photographs and illustrated diagrams.
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