Exactly what does it mean to get your weavers cloth drum tight,
and how do you go about doing it?
Punch Needle Hoops:
First things first – let’s talk hoops.
Not all hoops will work well with punch needle.
Even if you start with the weavers cloth super tight,
it can slip as you punch and get saggy.
When you use a regular embroidery hoop, it will get saggy REALLY fast!
But, if you use a no-slip hoop, it stays tighter much longer.
(The no-slip hoops also come in lapstands so you don’t have to hold the hoop as you punch.)
Another option to consider is getting a gripper strip frame.
With those, the fabric stays drum tight until you remove it from the frame.
Unfortunately, they are also fairly expensive.
If you are handy or have a woodworking friend, you might try making one yourself.
Watch the Video:
Get the Weavers Cloth Drum Tight:
Drum tight just means that the fabric is as tight as the top of a drum.
When you tap on it, it should sound almost like a drum.
You will need a no-slip hoop or lapstand, weavers cloth, and pliers.
Start by separating the two pieces of the hoop.
Center the weavers cloth over the inner part of the hoop.
Place the outer part of the hoop over the top.
As you stretch the fabric, make sure the grain (woven threads) of the fabric remains straight
and does not become wavy or curved.
Tighten the wing nut on the hoop.
When you get the hoop tight-ish, alternate between tightening the wing nut
and pulling on each side of the weavers cloth to tighten the fabric.
You can use pliers to finish tightening the hoop.
Make sure the weavers cloth is drum tight.
You are ready to start punching!