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Divecat
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Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: England
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2:49 am Jun 13, 2017

Hi ladies (and gents)

When I finished stitching Flora, it turned out she was a centimetre or more wider at the top than at the bottom. This has continued with other pieces I have stitched (a long wedding sampler and also a square mandala (not square once I'd finished with it). I use a scroll frame/stand combination and like to be able to bounce a small child off the tightened material. However, it looks like the vertical tension is pulling the material too much and narrowing the holes the further down the piece I go. What is an *easy* way to keep the horizontal and vertical tensions more even?

This is what I have tried so far:

1. Clip on side stretchers: they didn't work for me as they slid off the material before it got tight enough.

2. I am inserting long scraps of material on the margins to even up the thickness of the margin against the stitched area as I scroll up; however, the area I am stitching still has the margins gaping.

I look forward to hearing your wise words.

Christine
Sue M.
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Joined: 06 Dec 2014
Posts: 7
Location: Richfield, WI
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9:42 am Jun 13, 2017

[quote="Divecat"]Hi ladies (and gents)

When I finished stitching Flora, it turned out she was a centimetre or more wider at the top than at the bottom. This has continued with other pieces I have stitched (a long wedding sampler and also a square mandala (not square once I'd finished with it). I use a scroll frame/stand combination and like to be able to bounce a small child off the tightened material. However, it looks like the vertical tension is pulling the material too much and narrowing the holes the further down the piece I go. What is an *easy* way to keep the horizontal and vertical tensions more even?

Hi Christine,
I know what you mean by being off just a bit at the bottom. The pieces on linen seem to have this problem more than the ones on Aida. I too tried adding scraps to the margins but that didn't seem to help. Part of the problem with my pieces may be that when I've finished stitching for the day I forget to release the tension on the scroll stand (for that I get 10 lashes with a skein of floss!)

I'm thinking of trying tape on the edges for my next project. I normally don't like to tape the edges but if I use a piece of fabric with just a bit extra on the sides the taped edges could be cut away when the piece is finished. Hoping to start SQ "View of Oyster Bay" by Tiffany later this year so will try this and see how it goes.

Saw your "Flora" in the Gallery and it's beautiful!
Divecat
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Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Posts: 172
Location: England
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9:45 am Jun 14, 2017

Hi Sue, thank you for your response and kind remarks.

Yes, I always release the tension at the end of the day - it helps that I have 'screw' side stretchers. I'm currently trying not to tighten it quite so much so we'll see how that goes.

The other option I suppose is to lace it as with a slate frame, but I think it might be a nuisance on a scroll one and I especially did not want to take my current project off the bars to do that.

Let's see how it goes unless anyone else comes up with a suggestion.

BTW, I love Oyster Bay, very elegant. My current WIP is Watch by Gerald Murphy.
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
Posts: 420
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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12:20 pm Jun 21, 2017

I've never run into this problem (I must be blest).
And it figures: no internet for four days and finally someone posts something!
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