For me, it is really hard to decide what I like better: making things or buying the supplies to make the things. Both are rewarding, enjoyable, and I get a rush out of both! Who’s with me on this? Since embroidery is one of my tip top favorite crafts, I love every aspect of it. That includes hoops! I have so many different kinds, sizes, colors, etc-I have them coming out my ears it seems. When I first started doing embroidery I was a little lost about where to find the best hoops at the best deals. Some places online charge waaay more than they should and I don’t always have a lot of money to spend on supplies. So here are just a few tips and sites that I buy hoops from. They are the best prices that I have found so far but if you have another site to contribute by all means leave a comment-I love a deal!
For starters, this may seem like a no-brainer, thrift stores are an excellent place to find hoops. I most often find interesting colors and shapes at thrift stores that I had no idea I would even want until I find them! It’s nice sometimes, too, to have a one of a kind hoop for a special project that you can send out into the world. Besides the colors I have in the photo above, I’ve found yellow and orange ones and I’ve also happened upon the awesome metal ones that I love. Also, keep your eyes peeled for kits that contain hoops because they won’t be as obvious. I have found some really nice hoops this way too!
Consumer Crafts is a great place for hoops. I have found the best deal so far here. They have hoops that range in size from 3in to 12 in and they range in price from .50 to $1.17. Pretty nice price if you ask me! They have fast shipping and I have never had a problem with missing parts of orders or damaged goods and I’ve gotten an orange reusable consumer crafts tote with my order every time (but don’t quote me on this as the norm….I have no idea if it was a special promo thing or just what they do)! Anyhoo…they also have oval shapes in two sizes which is nice when you just feel like breaking out of the circle.
Create For Less is the other site that I use for hoops. They are slightly higher in price than Consumer Crafts, but! look at those colors! It’s nice to be able to have such a wide array of colors to choose from because the frame is just as important as the work inside of it. I have also used Create For Less to buy stretcher bars. They are a great way to display your embroidery in a more traditional “piece of art” kind of way. They come together really easy by just joining the pieces and hammering with a rubber mallet. They are ready to stretch any kind of fabric over it and staple. As a note, though, you need 4 obviously to make a frame and they come in packs of 2 so make sure to order enough for your work!
Boy, this just makes me want to add to my collection of hoops……must….resist…..do you have any sites or places that you go for great deals and steals on hoops? What about other craft supplies?