Allana its amazing . Does it flip over ? The Stand I mean .
The TW looks wonderful too but the stand is super duper .
And close ups of the beaded border:
2. DIY Meets Technology Over Christmas I finally finished making my very own dream needlework stand, custom designed for my Lady and the Unicorn project. It's absolutely HUGE and the dowels are really thick. It completely dominates our living room- just the way I like it!
And then in the Januray sales I splashed out and bought myself the ultra high tech ultimate magnifying lamp to make my Command Centre complete!
3. New Projects Call Then on the very same day as my wonderful new mag lamp arrived, so did all my floss I'd ordered on Ebay for my new SQ L&U project. It was a very exciting day!
A veritable sea of floss:
I am just having all manner of problems! First of all I don't really understand parking very well so I'm just sort of fumbling around trying to figure it out. I think I have the basic principle but I'm very confused about what to do about gaps. I want to work horizontally across the entire length of the picture, and I've understood that most people work in blocks, so I've divided it into quarters of about 65 stitches across, but even still I seem to have to carry colours an awfully long way if there are only a few stitches on either side of that block and nothing in between. I understand that I may need to have several needles threaded with the same colour for the entire breadth of the picture but surely not in the same block, no? I don't understand!! And then I just can't figure out how to arrange the parked threads, if I leave them dangling down with the needles still threaded they all get tangled and if I loop them up and stick the needle somewhere at the side then I get caught on them whenever I flip the frame over to work on the back!! It's driving me insane!! I've started working with the doubled-ended needles and generally I find them quite good, except that the floss gets in some absolutely incredible tangles that are just not physically possible with normal needles. What to do?
And then there's the whole trying to stitch two handed thing- god it's hard!! I generally have pretty good dexterity in my left hand (having broken my right arm twice, I can write fairly well with my left now), but I'm keeping my left on top and leaving the trickier job to my right underneath the fabric, but I still find it really awkward and almost impossible to railroad as well, let alone get even tension!
And then there's the looking through the magnifying light as well- it's great, you can see everything much bigger and the light is really powerful, but it's very difficult to get the light in exactly the right position so that all parts of the target fabric are in focus and you can still get your hand in under there to stitch, plus any little knock and you are quickly feeling nauseous looking through the oscillating lens!
And then to complicate matters even further (as if that were necessary) this part of the pattern uses both full cross stitch and half crosses, in the same colours but with different symbols, and for figuring out where to place your needle to park depending on which direction you're going in on that row, it's an absolute catastrophe!! So, you can now understand all the swearing that was going on! I usually find stitching a very relaxing thing, but this feels more like war! I'm determined to stick with it though, because I'm ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that as soon as I get used to all this palaver it's going to be much much easier and faster and better than working with a hoop in one hand. Please god let that be true! [/quote]
How do you get your pictures to show in your posts?! I want to post some pictures but don't really want to set up on the sharing websites (goodness knows, I get enough spam rubbish as it is, I don't need to invite any more!)
You need to have a photo hosting site - don't worry you don't have to share it with anyone if you don't want and I always use my "spam" email account for joining things like that. It's very useful for things like PayPal and Ebay that send you a lot of unwanted junk, I only check my 'spam' account if I'm specifically looking for something. I use Yahoo for mine, works a treat. Anyway, back to the photo hosting site: I use photobucket and I have no complaints, it's very quick and easy, and all their spam goes straight to yahoo where I never look at it. You join up for free, upload your photos (which get automatically resized for you), then you copy the img code underneath each picture and just paste that into your SQ post. Voila!
Alanna your frame is wonderful, will you share details of size and make up instructions please????, no where in the UK does any thing like this, they do the general floor frames but nothing like this, and yours is really fantastic and just what i have been looking for.
I'm really beginnning to wish I documented how I made this now, so many people are asking me for instructions, but the truth is I just improvised the whole thing as I went along, as for dimensions I made this frame specifically to fit my Lady & the Unicorn pattern and to suit my own height. They were the only measurements I took, otherwise I just eyeballed everything or went with "what felt right". I was also lucky enough to have my carpenter father-in-law on the team and access to his toolshed - no small advantage!
But I reckon just give it a go and make what you want, it's not that scary.