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Divecat
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Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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7:06 am Apr 15, 2008

Hi Ladies (and Gents!)

My SQ pattern arrived today (yay!). It is Honour to the Women by Marianne Stokes (STO0011g) and I am just trying to get my head around how to stitch it as the material required is just huge (32" across x 24" down). What have you done? Are you the type of person who, like me, turns a road map round in the direction of travel (much to my husband's amusement) or can you stitch a pattern 'sideways' without too much trouble.

Basically my question (before I order the frame) is what is easier? Has anyone experienced bowing of the bars across the top on such a large project?

Many thanks for your suggestions.
frostyck
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Joined: 26 Feb 2008
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Location: New York
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3:53 am Apr 20, 2008

When I got my SQ i went out bought a scroll frame and thought i was ready to go.. But the scroll frame couldn't hold it tight enough so i'm back to a regular hoop and moving it constantly so as not to crush stitches. I did see a post in here on getting a regular dowel from a home improvement store and tacking some material to it and then basting your cross stitch to that. I think i will try that to see if i can keep a tight enough tension on it. It is possible to stitch these with a regular hoop. If you are like me and want to dive right in...lol. I started mine in the top corner and worked my way across. I also made a working copy of my pattern so i can highlight the stitches as i go. You may want to look at the tips section. There is a lot of good info in there.

I too turn the road map Laughing

Happy stitching.
Trudie
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Joined: 02 Feb 2008
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Location: Australia
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6:01 pm Apr 20, 2008

Wow big project . I would suggest buying some Qnaps . They dont leave marks but using a hoop (as long as you take it out after you finish your days stitching) is just as good.

Happy Stitching

Trudie Stitching





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Originally posted by frostyck
When I got my SQ i went out bought a scroll frame and thought i was ready to go.. But the scroll frame couldn't hold it tight enough so i'm back to a regular hoop and moving it constantly so as not to crush stitches. I did see a post in here on getting a regular dowel from a home improvement store and tacking some material to it and then basting your cross stitch to that. I think i will try that to see if i can keep a tight enough tension on it. It is possible to stitch these with a regular hoop. If you are like me and want to dive right in...lol. I started mine in the top corner and worked my way across. I also made a working copy of my pattern so i can highlight the stitches as i go. You may want to look at the tips section. There is a lot of good info in there.

I too turn the road map Laughing

Happy stitching.
Julie T
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Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Posts: 146
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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1:56 am Apr 21, 2008

Before I say anything else, I have to tell you, that yes, I do the same thing with maps. And it drives the Beloved Spouse out of his mind! (He is a police officer, and believes that everyone should know east from north, or some such nonsense.) As far as how best to set up your project, do poke around in the tips section and also peek in to some of our previous posts (Q-Snaps, needlepoint stretcher bars, scroll frames, etc). There really are so many wise and generous members of this forum, they seem able to answer just about any and all questions! For my own self, I use stretcher bars, and yes I have had them warp because I yank them down so very tight.
Good luck! But keep in mind, mostly, Have Fun!
Divecat
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Location: England
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2:07 pm Apr 21, 2008

Hi Ladies

Thank you so much for your kind responses. After much thought and consideration, I'm going to go for a scroll frame from here: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/millenium/index-millen.html The scroll bars look like the thickness of stair rods and I think that, given the amount of material involved, it'll be better for me to use my floor frame as I have issues with shoulder tension (but then, who doesn't Very Happy ).

Also, I've tried to work my current project 'on its side' and I'm afraid that's about as successful as my road navigating! Rolling Eyes and the little I did has now been unpicked.

I agree that the ladies (and gents) on the website are absolutely full of useful ideas and advice and I have been doing some serious digging around in the meantime.

I've said to my sweet husband that the sofa is mine (all mine) when I start this project to accommodate the full 32" Laughing

Looking forward to chatting with everyone during the course of this project.

Thanks again and best wishes - Christine
fenny
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Joined: 10 Oct 2007
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Location: Israel
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6:33 am Apr 22, 2008

Well, now your all sorted out, you can start to stitch,it is a beautiful picture and you'll enjoy stitching it Very Happy Good luck and happy Stitching , Fenny.
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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10:23 pm Apr 25, 2008

Hey Christine, those scroll frames do look pretty good, and it's nice to see a product coming from the UK- it's usually easier and cheaper for me to order from there than the US. You'll have to let me know how they go and if the tension remains drum tight on a large SQ project...

Yes, I must say, I think it would be a bit of a joke trying to work a pattern sideways, half the time it's enough of a challenge the right way!

I'm completely jealous of your monopoly of your couch- what luxury!

Good luck with getting started and do keep us updated as to your progress. Smile
Divecat
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1:30 pm Apr 28, 2008

Hi Alanna

Yes, they do look impressive - I recently saw them at a stitching show in the UK; however, they are a bit expensive so I'll have to wait until next month to purchase them.

I'll certainly keep you updated. I just have to finish my current project (a Sheila Hudson Lily: http://www.sheilahudson.co.uk/gallery.html) and a small bookmark to practice blending on. I have all my materials (thank goodness for the internet) so I can sort the threads and prep the material so I'll be good to go when I get the scroll frame.

Best wishes - Christine
fenny
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3:00 pm Apr 28, 2008

Very pretty, Christine.
Have fun sorting everything and thanks for the info of DMC. Very Happy
Happy Stitching Fenny.
Alanna
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7:54 pm Apr 28, 2008

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Originally posted by Divecat
I have all my materials (thank goodness for the internet) so I can sort the threads and prep the material so I'll be good to go when I get the scroll frame.


Yes, that can be a very fun part of a new project, what storage system are you using, bobbins? stitch bows? floss bags? And do you pre-mark your fabric with basting lines, etc? There really can be a lot involved in the preliminary phase!

Good luck with it! Very Happy
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