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Divecat
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6:06 am Mar 15, 2010

Hi Tenchy

I am sure in these hard times a decent local carpenter should be able to provide a quote for you. I know the chap at Needle Needs (www.needleneeds.co.uk) is a cabinet maker and so might be able to give you a ball park figure as it would also help he knows about stitching.

Best wishes - Christine x
gillsuth7s
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1:22 pm Mar 15, 2010

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Originally posted by Alanna
Hi Tenchy,

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.


Alanna,

Good grief woman!! Do you mean to tell me that you make that fantastic frame yourself??? Shocked Shocked Shocked Jeepers! I love it to pieces, and am emerald green with pure envy.. I'm also gobsmacked at how the back of your work looks so tidy!!! Heavens above Confused I'm virtually speechless Exclamation Exclamation
Your work - stitching and carpentry, is amazing, and I'm in total awe.

Gill Stitching Stitching Stitching
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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5:03 pm Mar 15, 2010

Gee wow golly Gill, that's quite a compliment! Thank you! Smile
CathyG
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6:38 pm Apr 13, 2010

Hi am a Neebie here and I LOVE this piece!!!!! Is it from SQ or someplace else? I was also wondering if the scroll bars of your beautiful work space were split scroll bars made of wood or somethig else. I haven't cross stitched in probably 8 -9 years. I packed it away and got busy and sort of forgot about it. I pulled my storage box out and fell in love with it all over again and wished I had used it for therapy for the painfull situaltions I went through in the last 5 years.
I have never used scroll frames and can see the advantage of useing them so asked DH to make me a frame (I already have a floor stand that I have had for years but never used since I was using hoops back then). The split rods seem like the fabric would slip too much unless there was something in the center attached to the rods that would press into the material to hold it. I am afraid to use the fabric tape system because I don't know if the sticky tape will easily come back off my project. I will staple canvas to my rods to baste my material on if that is the best but I was looking for what others found that worked well and your beautiful station seems to have quite long bars so how do you keep the tension??? They look like split rods but it is hard to tell. Thank you. Cathy
Alanna
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7:02 pm Apr 13, 2010

Hi Cathy,

No they're not split rods, they're just scroll rods (so there's a groove down the middle which you insert a little wooden rod into to hold your fabric). I have great tension all the way along but I used very hard wood and quite thick dowels, so there's no warping (or at least not yet!).
The pattern was by Teresa Wentzler - you can buy her stuff almost anywhere.

I'm glad to hear you're getting back into stitching, it's so much fun! Very Happy
CathyG
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8:52 pm Apr 13, 2010

I'm sorry if I am having a duh moment but I have never seen rods like that anywhere. Where did you get them, are they wooden? We made some out of 1" oak dowels but I like the idea of not sewing. Or did you make them and if possible ... how? Sorry i don't mean to be a bother but I really think I would love the ease of the scroll rods if I can get something that stays tight. I am making The Wedding by Marilyn Leavitt-Imbllume for my sons wedding in August
tenchy
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10:56 am Apr 25, 2010

Alana, another idiot question about your frame.

See your knobs (oo err missus lol) the ones on the backboard coming through to hold the brackets that take the scroll frame, what fixing is in the knob coming through the board into the back of the bracket?
CathyG
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10:29 pm May 13, 2010

I am also learning to park on a larger frame, with more needles. 10 - 15 years ago when I was cross stitching I was parking a couple of needles at a time and didn't know it had a name, I just started doing it! Now I have started cross stitching again and I am totally hooked again and wish I had never given it up.
Anyway I was trying to figure out a way to park more threads and I put a piece of pipe insulation around the side bar that does not turn when I turn my frame but I was thinking of trying to put it over the top bar on my scroll frame then my needles can turn with my frame, have to make a cover for the scrolls first since I don't know if they would do any harm to the material but I think a cover would protect enough.

How is your new project going? I am working on a wedding pattern on linen (which isn't my favorite to work on with my eye sight). I have to have it finished by August for my son's wedding and I am doing alot of alterations to the pattern (adding in my two grandson's who are going to be ring barrer's and changing colors to match their wedding party AND changing the flower girl to match her daughter. So it will be a challenge to get done in time.
I have done anything like the SQ patterns or the TW patterns I ordered but I love them and can't wait to start one. (I do have some smaller pieces that are WIP that I really need to finish that I was making for my kids who now that they are grown I will make for my grandbabiies. I'm excited to be cross stitching again so I don't think I will miss gifting them to my grandbabies who are 3,3,2,1 but then again there are always great grandbabies Laughing
gillsuth7s
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3:39 am Jun 13, 2010

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Originally posted by CathyG
I am also learning to park on a larger frame, with more needles. 10 - 15 years ago when I was cross stitching I was parking a couple of needles at a time and didn't know it had a name, I just started doing it! Now I have started cross stitching again and I am totally hooked again and wish I had never given it up.
Anyway I was trying to figure out a way to park more threads and I put a piece of pipe insulation around the side bar that does not turn when I turn my frame but I was thinking of trying to put it over the top bar on my scroll frame then my needles can turn with my frame, have to make a cover for the scrolls first since I don't know if they would do any harm to the material but I think a cover would protect enough.

How is your new project going? I am working on a wedding pattern on linen (which isn't my favorite to work on with my eye sight). I have to have it finished by August for my son's wedding and I am doing alot of alterations to the pattern (adding in my two grandson's who are going to be ring barrer's and changing colors to match their wedding party AND changing the flower girl to match her daughter. So it will be a challenge to get done in time.
I have done anything like the SQ patterns or the TW patterns I ordered but I love them and can't wait to start one. (I do have some smaller pieces that are WIP that I really need to finish that I was making for my kids who now that they are grown I will make for my grandbabiies. I'm excited to be cross stitching again so I don't think I will miss gifting them to my grandbabies who are 3,3,2,1 but then again there are always great grandbabies Laughing


Hi Cathy,

Like you, I did the action and didn't know it had a name! I have since developed it so that the fabric doesn't end up looking like a superanuated hedgehog, by having a strip of waste fabric (usually some 14#...I don't like 14# for working designs...my own idiosynchrosy[spelling!]), a couple or so inches wide, and anchor it somewhere out of the immediate way on the blank part of the fabric. This strip then becomes the needle-park, and there is only one place where there are needle holes in the fabric. Also, when you need to scroll the frame, then just unpin the needle-park and re-pin it once you've scrolled.

Hope this helps.

Gill Stitching
Fibreartist
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1:49 pm Aug 13, 2010

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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!



Your stand is lovely.
Your stand reminds me a bit of a stand I bought at Hearthside Craftworks. It's Kindof similiar not the same but same look. The reason I mention this is if anyone out there would like to get a stand similar to this (they will even do custom bits for you like I got mine wider to accomodate my recliner chair) and you don't have anyone who can build it for you; go here:
www.hearthsidecraftworks.com
It's called a Mark 2 Floor stand. They also have another floor stand and other items. It's a Canadian company but they ship worldwide.

Thanks for showing us your beautiful finish and new setup!
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