The girls who belonged to The Tidewater Sampler Guild used slate frames (very expensive), scroll bars, stretcher bars, or German made wooden embroidery hoops that they wrapped with gauze or Cling (found in drugstores).
The girls at the Golden Thimble Needwork Guild used Q Snaps in different sizes. The girls who were members of the American Needlepoint Guild used what the Tidewater Sampler Guild used. So did the EGA members.
The girls who took Japanese Embroidery used totally different stands and they were expensive. I didn't do Japanese Embroidery. It was not my thing.
All of these guild members owned stands that supported scroll frames or stretcher bars.
The cadillac stand frames were the English made Lowery Stand and the metal stand by K's Creations. I found a really good deal on Lowery stands one year and I own 2 of them because I'd bought Mom her very own Lowery stand.
There are less expensive wooden stands on the market. I own a Gazelle and several wooden lap frames. My wooden lap frames are by K's Creations.
I had a fortune tied up in needlework supplies because needlework was my passion at one time. Mom had just as much money tied up in needlework supplies as I did.
Because I own several stands, I could ----if I wanted to do it-----set up a needlework stand in several rooms in the house.
I used to be a member of 2 ANG chapters, 1 sampler guild, and 2 EGA chapters, and 1 local guild. It took up a lot of time and driving time. Smocking and tatting were about the only forms of needlework that I couldn't master. At one point I was on my way to becoming nationally certified in canvas work aka needlepoint. The certification process was very involved and time consuming.
When I used to enter needlework shops that were judged by nationally accredited needlework judges, I'd take blue ribbons. I used to attend needlework seminars and classes all over the East Coast of the United States. At one time I'd taken classes with some of the best known needlework designers and teachers.
Do I miss the seminars, etc. ? Yes, but they are much more expensive now than they were when I attended them. Also, I am limited in how far away I can leave my area because of Mom's health. I have to be nearby in case the nursing home has a problem involving Mom.