Using a Seat or Lap Frame which you sit on leaves both of your hands free to stitch and allows you to reach the centre of the stitched area with both hands from both sides. The frame is attached to a kidney shaped sitting base, which is held down by the embroiderer's own weight. This enables the embroiderer to stitch comfortably while stitching in an easy chair. The frame can be moved to the most convenient working position. The height and angle of the frame is easily adjusted.
I personally have one of these frames and don't know how I survived many stitching years without it. It makes stitching so much easier and both being able to use both hands makes stitching so much easier and quicker. Very transportable and can be used wherever you choose to sit.
There are many good reasons to use an embroidery hoop or frame. Embroideries stitched on a frame stay cleaner as they are handled less. With the fabric stretched smoothly and tightly on a frame you get a better picture of the area you are working. In counted work it is a great advantage to see the fabric threads clearly. The stitch tension is easier to regulate on taut fabric. The end result is considerably better if the embroidery has been worked in a frame. Intricate embroideries such as surface stitchery, pulled thread work, shadow embroidery, Hardanger and Elizabethan, shouldn't be worked without a frame.
The basic principle of the round embroidery frames is that the two wooden rings fit one inside the other to keep a section of fabric stretched. The inner ring is rigid. The diameter of the outer ring can be adjusted with a metal screw to allow the frame to hold different weights of fabric.
The diameter of this frame (hoop) is 21.5mm (8.5 inches). It is made of excellent wood (English Beech).