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“Square” Hoop Frames from Easy Street

Keep­ing per­fect ten­sion when stitch­ing can some­times be a chal­lenge, but there are tools that can help keep fab­ric taut. Stitch­ers can use stretcher bars, rolls, hoops, etc. But what if the item used dur­ing stitch­ing could also be used to frame a project? You can save a step and save some time and money on fram­ing with Easy Street Crafts’ “Square” Hoop Frames. Th­ese frames come in a va­ri­ety of sizes, shapes and col­ors, mak­ing cus­tomiza­tion for any project a breeze. Us­ing th­ese light­weight frames is truly like walk­ing down “Easy Street.” Sim­ply sep­a­rate the hoop/frame by pulling it apart at the cor­ners; cen­ter your stitch­ing fab­ric (Aida, linen, even­weave) over the in­ner hoop and snap the outer hoop back into place. Then stitch your project as de­sired. The fi­nal step couldn’t be eas­ier. Ac­cord­ing to Easy Street Crafts: “With stitch­ery in place, slightly pry frames apart and cut away ex­cess fab­ric by cut­ting against the in­ner frame with a craft knife. ... Press frames to­gether again.”

“Square” Hoop Frames are avail­able di­rectly from Easy Street Crafts. Shapes avail­able in this line are square, hexagon and two sizes of rec­tan­gles. An­other line, called Sweet Sus­pen­sions, fea­tures dou­ble-sided mini frames in var­i­ous shapes, which are per­fect for or­na­ments. Prices for “Square” Hoop Frames range from $7.49 to $9.95; Sweet Sus­pen­sions frames are $2.49. To view op­tions and to or­der, visit www.easys­treetcrafts. com or phone (800) 400-3066.

Waf­fle Flower Stitched Stamp Sets

Need a quick card or gift, but have no time to stitch? En­ter the tal­ented duo at The Frosted Pump­kin Stitch­ery with their new line of adorable “stitched” stamp sets from Waf­fle Flower. Avail­able in a myr­iad of themes, in­clud­ing “cup of tea,” cacti, unicorn, roses and pe­onies, th­ese sets of­fer end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for dec­o­rat­ing any sur­face that can be stamped. Made up of tiny X’s, th­ese mo­tifs im­part the look of intricate cross stitch with sim­ple ink. To use the sets, gen­tly peel the stamp from the en­closed sheet and place on an acrylic block; ap­ply ink and press onto de­sired sur­face (pa­per, wood, fab­ric, etc.). The possibilities are lim­it­less for cards, an­nounce­ments, gift tags and art­work. Stitch­ers only need to add their choice of ink color, de­sired sur­face and any other cho­sen em­bel­lish­ments. The stamps even come in “lay­ers” so that stitch­ers (ahem, stam­pers) can layer col­ors with ease. Th­ese stamps of­fer the chance to bring a breath of stitch­ing to al­most any item.

To see more ideas and in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.waf­fle­flower.com. The Frosted Pump­kin Stitch­ery stamps are $16 per set and can be or­dered from Waf­fle Flower at www.waf­fle­flower.com.

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