F.A. Edmunds Wooden Embroidery Hoops (4, 6 and 8 inch diameters)
High quality, wooden embroidery hoop with smooth round edges and a brass closure. The closure is notched so your can tighten the hoop using a screw driver to get perfect tension on your fabric. These hoops are made in Germany out of beechwood - they will not splinter! I recommend grabbing one of these hoops as a "favorite stitching hoop" while using the cheaper hoops for framing your finished embroidery work.
My kits DO NOT include this hoop! The majority of my kits include "cheapy" hoops to help keep costs down. The cheap hoops are really great for framing your finished work and can easily be decorated with wood stain or paint for a fun look. I actually do use them for most of my stitching but sometimes, especially with the larger sized hoops, there are issues with tension due to a misfit between the inner and outer hoops because of the poorer quality of wood and closure. So it is nice to have a favorite stitching hoop to have around!