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armywife
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9:49 pm Oct 25, 2011

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Originally posted by Divecat
Hi there

I haven't been on the site for a little while and look what happens then Laughing

It looks like your questions have been answered; however, recently I have found that folding over the right and left hand edges of the fabric by one centimetre or half an inch help stop the frame pulling the fabric apart. This is just because you can get the fabric really, really tight on these frames because of the screw sides.

I found that, when I moved on to the bigger pieces, I needed to use a floor stand so I could have both hands free (one for the needle and one underneath the work to feel the thread and ensure it didn't loop up). It also means your shoulder/trapezius muscles and your hand (as you usually hold it with your less dominant hand) get a rest from repeatedly holding the frame. Again, this is just what works for me.

I hope this helps and that you enjoy the frame. It is a truly beautiful piece of kit. We all look forward to seeing your progress pictures.

Stitching Christine x

PS - for The Astrologer and Island Mood Patchwork I use a 28" frame, but for Ehret it's the 36" frame. Click on to my multiply link below for a peek.


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Thanks, Christine! I took a look at your sight, and your work is beautiful! The frame was supposed to ship today, so hopefully I will have it soon. I can't wait. I may wish I had gotten the kit with floor stand, but I figure I can always order it later if I decide I need it. I need to work on my posture to be able to sit forward and sew with a floor stand. My right middle finger has calloused up a bit (which is good) since I have gotten to stitch a lot. Back to work soon, so much less stitching time (not so good). I have really enjoyed it. Next I need to figure out how to post a picture in the gallery of my progress.
Thanks!
Pam Stitching
emmadragon
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4:22 am Oct 26, 2011

Next I need to figure out how to post a picture in the gallery of my progress.

Just email Meredith with your picture: sq@scarletquince.com, and she will add it to the gallery. It saves a lot of messing about with photobucket and all that malarkey, because you can just send her a jpeg downloaded straight from your camera. I sometimes takes a little while to appear, but it will, with any comments you've added in your email.

Emma.
armywife
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10:13 am Oct 27, 2011

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Next I need to figure out how to post a picture in the gallery of my progress.

Just email Meredith with your picture: sq@scarletquince.com, and she will add it to the gallery. It saves a lot of messing about with photobucket and all that malarkey, because you can just send her a jpeg downloaded straight from your camera. I sometimes takes a little while to appear, but it will, with any comments you've added in your email.

Emma.


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Great to know!
Thanks, Emma.
Pam
armywife
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1:41 pm Oct 31, 2011

Well, my new frame arrived last Thursday!!! (Very quickly I thought.) I have the fabric in the frame, but it is still slightly too wide, and I'm afraid to trim anymore off. I may try folding over a little on the sides, although it may be difficult to get the rod in there with the thicker fabric? Anyway, whoever said it is a little unwieldy was correct. It is slow going for now until I find a way to prop it up. I may have to break down and order the floor stand.

Is anyone successfully using the lap stand vs floor stand with this frame? As I said earlier, I am used to leaning back in the chair to sew, and not sure I can get used to sitting up correctly with good posture, etc. (lazy, huh?)

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween, and enjoys some stitching today. Thanks for all the advice!

Pam Stitching
Divecat
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8:48 am Nov 01, 2011

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I have the fabric in the frame, but it is still slightly too wide, and I'm afraid to trim anymore off. I may try folding over a little on the sides, although it may be difficult to get the rod in there with the thicker fabric? Anyway, whoever said it is a little unwieldy was correct. It is slow going for now until I find a way to prop it up. I may have to break down and order the floor stand.

Is anyone successfully using the lap stand vs floor stand with this frame? As I said earlier, I am used to leaning back in the chair to sew, and not sure I can get used to sitting up correctly with good posture, etc. (lazy, huh?)



Hi hon

I have folded over 36 count belfast linen and 28 count evenweave and got the dowel over it - you need to get a (clean) ruler (or use the cardboard tamper they 'might' have sent you to guide the dowel over the folded material.

Re posture, you need to find a good posture or you'll build up muscle problems for yourself in very short order. I personally would go for a floor stand because you should be able to adjust the working height and won't be bent over it (not had experience of lap stands, so couldn't comment). I then use a couple of big cushions and a yoga bolster behind me so I have something to rest my back on. Get up and stretch back every so often (basically the opposite of what you do when you stitch Wink ).

I hope this helps and that you enjoy your fabulous purchase. Looking forward to seeing update pictures.

Best wishes - Christine
MariamK
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7:16 pm Nov 16, 2011

I am working on a blue peacock that required wider frame for my fabric. So I created my own frame.

I went to Hobby Lobby. In their wood craft section, they have these round thin poles with various sizes.

I purchased 2.

In the same area, they have cabinet knobs .

I purchase 4.

Drill a hole on each end of the pole and screw in the cabinet knobs.

In their sawing section, I purchased velcro with STICKY BACK. Tape 1 STICKY side to the round pole, the other to the back of your fabric. You would do that to top and bottom of your fabric. Roll the fabric on the poles. YOUR DONE!!

I have a floor stand that slides FROM side to side which accommodated the size that I needed .

I hope that helps

Mariam
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