marie-Claude asked about my Snap Dragon frame and how it works! I love it!!!
The first picture below shows a linen rug pattern backing lying on the Snap Dragon frame. Do you see the wooden “paddles” under the backing and at the bottom of the frame? (There is also a paddle on the top, underneath the linen.)
When the paddles are not snapped down, the gripper strips are flat on the top of the frame as the picture shows. (The backing is slack before snapping down the paddles.)
In the picture below, I have “snapped” down the right and the left paddles. Do you see how the gripper strips are now tilted out, pulling the backing tight? (the lower paddle has not been snapped down…and the lower gripper strip is still flat on the top of the frame))
When all four paddles are snapped down, the backing is held nice and taut for your hooking! I work on both linen and Monk’s Cloth for backings…although you can use burlap, rug warp and other backings.
To remove the rug from the frame, simply reach under the backing and snap the paddles back up to the position they are in in the first picture! The gripper strips are then back on the top of the frame and not tilted out.
Happy Hooking!! I hope I did a good job of explaining this frame!! (My frame is attached to a Puritan rug hooking stand, to make it a floor frame.) : )