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Put fabric in a hoop
Split strands of embroidery floss
Thread a needle
End your thread
Tie a knot – the fancy way
Start your thread without a knot on the back
Weigh down your hoop – to have both hands free
You can use a pile of books or a brick wrapped in fabric to hold your hoop in place.
Put your hoop on the edge of a table with about 1/3 on the table and 2/3 overhanging the table. Put the weight on top and it will hold your hoop steady.
Why? It can be easier to do some stitches when you have both hands free. Give it a try and see if it works for you.