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Embroidery hoop

The hoop in embroidery is used to hold a section of the material in place whilst working on the part. It makes stitching much easier. They are usually light weight so you can hold them with one hand.

Encaustic wax

Beeswax-based paint of the ancients. The modern version is extremely versatile.

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