Example of my set up using a floor frame. The stitching has been completed, framed and hangs on my living room wall. The floor frame was gifted to another stitcher.
I like how the laying tool smooths out the threads and plumps up (for lack of better way to describe it) the threads when doing cross stitch.
Can take a while to work out a system of holding both the tool and your needle, but once you figure it out it becomes second nature.
I am left handed so I hold the tool in my left hand, with my right hand under the fabric.
Positioning the laying tool and holding the needle.
Taking the first leg of the x. Needle goes through fabric and is retrieved by hand underneath the frame.
Better picture of how fingers work needle and other fingers hold laying tool.
Bottom hand has needle. Top hand works the laying tool.
Shifting laying tool in hand...
to get ready to pull needle from underside of fabric.
Another tool I use when cross stitching is a Needle Trolley Thread Controller.