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Alanna
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7:44 am Feb 18, 2008

Well the best scroll rods I've ever heard anyone mention (and everybody just RAVES about these) are the Lokscroll scroll rods from Artisan Design. It's a patented design so you can't get them anywhere else and from what I hear they can't be beat!
tdobbs
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12:04 pm Feb 18, 2008

Thanks Alanna, I'll look into it...

Julie, how do you use the stretcher bars? Are they not to wide? What size do you use...I find if I go farther then 8" it becomes very uncomfortable to do....
rifestitch
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4:27 pm Feb 18, 2008

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Originally posted by Alanna
Thanks to Rife's lustiness, I've discovered some really cool things. I'm really glad you posted your full list, because I've got an absolute thing for dragonflies too and have been searching for AGES to find a good chart showing off their irridescent wings to the full. Know of any others? And seeing as you're the know-all of all knowledge, the other things I've been chasing for ages are a camel caravan (but not just any one, I'm talking big and highly detailed) and a design I once saw on the cover of a cross stitch magazine and have never been able to find since: it was a peacock's plumage with the bird's head in the centre made into a round footstool. GORGEOUS. Now, Rife- go fetch! Very Happy


That's not the full list - that's only about half the alphabet before I gave up Smile

Will keep an eye out for a caravan and that peacock - that sounds vaguely familiar....
rifestitch
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4:28 pm Feb 18, 2008

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Originally posted by tdobbs
Karen ....Karen...dear lady...I don't know whether to Thank you or Thump you.....LOL......I just love the links you posted....I have always had a thing for samplers and I think I've hit the Mother Load....!!!! Tami


Uh oh, I think we've just lost another one. Rife, you should be locked up! Laughing


This, ladies, is why rotations were created Cool
rifestitch
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4:36 pm Feb 18, 2008

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Karen ....Karen...dear lady...I don't know whether to Thank you or Thump you.....LOL......I just love the links you posted....I have always had a thing for samplers and I think I've hit the Mother Load....!!!! My DH wants to thank you too!!!!! Laughing I am so going to have to check it out in detail when I get my self organized with all this floss....Now I have another question....Silk Floss...Give me the run down on that...plzzzzzzzzzz.... I don't want to get too side tracked right now ..want to get this floss wound...talk to all you ladies soon. Enjoy your weekend.
Tami


There's a thread in here somewhere where I rambled on about silks - I'll have to look for it more later, as I am about to be late leaving for a game!!!! Anybody else remember that one, and where it might be? In here or in Coffee Break? AHHH! CRS strikes again Rolling Eyes Stay tuned - I'll find it eventually (probably right after I stop looking for it..)
BarBaraPrz
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5:24 pm Feb 18, 2008

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There's a thread in here somewhere where I rambled on about silks - I'll have to look for it more later, as I am about to be late leaving for a game!!!! Anybody else remember that one, and where it might be? In here or in Coffee Break? AHHH! CRS strikes again Rolling Eyes Stay tuned - I'll find it eventually (probably right after I stop looking for it..)


Do you mean this one?

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All that maniacal giggling you've been hearing? That's me, rolling around in my silks - you don't get quite the same pitch with other flossies....


It's in Coffee Break...
rifestitch
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8:07 pm Feb 18, 2008

[quote="BarBaraPrz"]
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Originally posted by rifestitch

Do you mean this one?

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All that maniacal giggling you've been hearing? That's me, rolling around in my silks - you don't get quite the same pitch with other flossies....


It's in Coffee Break...


Here it is - it's a long thread, and you gotta get past my "extraneous" verbiage to get to the real stuff.
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=3&t=247
Julie T
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2:38 am Feb 19, 2008

The answer to the stretcher bars question is: many. As in, I have many sizes. Mostly it's because I do such a large number of commission pieces for a variety of people and companies. They come in lengths from about 2 or 3 inches to as huge as over 28 (I think that's about right, there may even be some as long as 32 inches). When you buy a set it's just two pieces of wood with notches in the ends, this is your horizontal or vertical side. Then you have to buy another set, for the top/bottom. They run from around a dollar fifty to about six or seven bucks, depending on the length (the longer they are the more they cost). I had some trouble with instability too, so I solved that by borrowing the devoted spouse's heavy duty staple gun. I just secure the corners and leave them that size (they are intended to be broken down and resized as your projects call for). What I have done is put together several sets of sizes I use most often. Sometimes I will have a set all secured and it's a smidge to long for my fabric, so I just run a piece of muslin (or an old sheet strip) on the too-short side and then it fits. (I am enlarging the fabric basically, to fit the bars.) I pretty much only stitch on bars these days. Hope that helps, and makes sense.
tdobbs
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3:06 am Feb 19, 2008

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Originally posted by Julie T
The answer to the stretcher bars question is: many. As in, I have many sizes. Mostly it's because I do such a large number of commission pieces for a variety of people and companies. They come in lengths from about 2 or 3 inches to as huge as over 28 (I think that's about right, there may even be some as long as 32 inches). When you buy a set it's just two pieces of wood with notches in the ends, this is your horizontal or vertical side. Then you have to buy another set, for the top/bottom. They run from around a dollar fifty to about six or seven bucks, depending on the length (the longer they are the more they cost). I had some trouble with instability too, so I solved that by borrowing the devoted spouse's heavy duty staple gun. I just secure the corners and leave them that size (they are intended to be broken down and resized as your projects call for). What I have done is put together several sets of sizes I use most often. Sometimes I will have a set all secured and it's a smidge to long for my fabric, so I just run a piece of muslin (or an old sheet strip) on the too-short side and then it fits. (I am enlarging the fabric basically, to fit the bars.) I pretty much only stitch on bars these days. Hope that helps, and makes sense.


Well....not really ...I know how they work, but what I was wondering is how do you hold them...I find that if I go more then 8" vertical I am very uncomfortable stitching due to the fact that I cant reach the top of the work and if you are working 28x? (more then 12 I would imagine) how do you reach the top.Once you get past half way...I can understand.....but what do you do for the top half...I was thinking about the stretcher frames too....but can't figure this out....
Thank you so much for your time...thank all of you for that matter...I know how busy you are.
Tami
Julie T
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3:24 am Feb 19, 2008

Tami- here's the weird part, I actually have a learning disability, I see things backwards and I constantly mess up anything with numbers, and why I ever thought (almost 25 years ago) that this would be a fun craft is still beyond me. But I do it, and I do it a lot. I talked about this on another post, but what I have figured out is that I can get around a lot of my problems by just re-counting, tons. And I have lots of other little tricks that I use. So when I tell you how I stitch the top half of tall things on the bars, well it won't sound any more sane than me doing this "hobby" in the first place. What I do is: turn the whole thing upside down, and I turn the chart over too. (As an aside, I hold my racks on a stand, it is self-standing with a clamp on the top.) I know, it's strange (but then we have pretty much established here that none of us is "normal"). It works well for me. I always start my projects in the middle anyway, so when I have done as far as my arms can reach, in the up direction, I just flip everything over and do the top, by making it the bottom. (Am I just adding to the confusion for you? See, when you ask a question here, we answer! One just never knows what the answer will be!)
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