Are you wondering what is the best embroidery hoop for punch needle?
Some of you have asked me
why you can’t just use a regular embroidery hoop when punching.
When punching, you need the fabric to be kept really tight,
tight like the top of a drum.
You can probably get the weavers cloth tight in a regular embroidery hoop,
but as you start punching and pushing on the fabric,
the fabric will slip in the hoop and become saggy.
A regular embroidery hoop is smooth on the edges
and doesn’t have any way to keep the fabric from slipping.
and a groove all the way around on the other piece.
The lip and groove fit together and help keep the fabric from slipping,
making a non-slip hoop the best embroidery hoop for punch needle.
I do find that even with the non-slip hoop,
I have to occasionally tighten the fabric again as I punch,
but not too often.
If you want the fabric to stay tight the whole time you are punching,
you will need a gripper strip frame.