Scroll frames for needlepoint are an essential tool for needlework artists when you embroider without a hoop. We use them to help keep the canvas taut—enabling more even (and neat) stitching. They are also useful for keeping the stitching surface clean and prevent tearouts.
Scroll frames are available in a variety of sizes and materials
Also called stitching frames, needlework holders, or needlepoint holders, scroll frames are available in a variety of sizes and materials.
There are many different types of scroll frames available today. Each kind has its own set of properties and each are different from other materials.
I like wooden scroll frames the best. I do. But I want to show you a selection since some materials are better for embroidery while others are better for needlepoint work or tapestry.
The most common types of scroll frames include:
Wooden scroll frames come in many different shapes and styles all with an open space for you to place your canvas. Some wooden scroll frames fold up for easier storage; others do not. As you can see there are various styles and sizes to choose from. You can select from tabletop to ergonomic depending on how you prefer to sit. Or, what your lighting conditions might be, and where you would like to work on your project.
Plastic scroll frames: Plastic is usually lighter than wood and therefore easier to carry around when traveling with your project. Although not shown here, you may be able to find plastic scroll frames that fold up—or even roll away—for easier storage!
Metal scroll frames often fold up into a compact shape that will fit easily into your bag or purse. They’re also more durable than their plastic counterparts. Plastic can break over time if dropped accidentally onto hard surfaces.
Rubber scroll frames are usually made of silicon rubber are excellent for flexibility and durability as well.
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Before you make a purchase, ask yourself these questions:
- What kind of needlework are you doing?
- Do you need low profile scroll frames for needlepoint or one with tall legs so there’s enough room for multiple layers of fabric?
Small projects that fit in an 8″ x 10″ hoop gives you more structure. Mounting it directly onto a foam core board without any backing gives you sagging corners. Them gravity pulls down on it continuously until the corners eventually tear off.
If all else fails trying looking at other options before deciding what type would work best since there are always ways around any problems possible while still enjoying doing what we love most – making beautiful things!
How to Use a Scroll Frame for Needlepoint
The scroll frame is the foundation of your work. It’s the spine that holds all the pieces together, and it can make a huge difference in how your piece turns out. When you are assembling your scroll frame, make sure you have enough space around it to be able to manipulate fabric easily without bumping into anything or anyone else who may be working nearby.
With a little practice, you’ll get used to using the scroll frame itself—how much pressure should I apply when pushing down on each thread? How far should I pull back before lifting up again? These questions will soon become second nature as you build up speed and confidence with your needlework skills!
When finished working on your project for whatever reason (you’re tired; someone needs help), take care not only with how you store your materials but also with how they’re stored within the fabric itself so nothing gets tangled up in transit between projects!
Scroll frames are an excellent tool for all types of needlework projects. They allow you to stitch in a more even and clean way, while also giving you the freedom to adjust your stitching surface as needed. Whether you’re working on a small or large project, there’s sure to be a scroll frame out there that can help get the job done right!