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Alanna
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4:59 pm Sep 17, 2006

Thanks, Fabala. Yes, I did see a rug frame on K's Creations (tip from Meredith) but it looks like a monster! The only thing that annoys me about their site is that they don't state the prices anywhere- and that for me means warning bells!

Oh yes, and I've got a patchwork quilt on my 'to do' list too, don't you worry! Cool
Lennie
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9:36 pm Sep 20, 2006

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I know this thread is getting old now, but I still have more questions!
I've noticed that some of you (Marion, Spiceglider...) use the Artisan Design floorstands/scroll frames. I'm thinking seriously of getting their Gazelle2 floorstand with the largest possible scroll frame (expensive expensive!), which will be the 10" x 30" which apparently allows 28" fabric width. My question is will this floor stand hold such a big frame without wobbling all over the shop?

Many thanks in advance for advice from those who know these floor stands...


Hi! I bought a fantastic stand from www.hearthsidecraftworks.com in Calgary Alberta. It is their new Mark II Floor Stand. It is everything you could want in a stand. Have been using it since July and it is a stitchers dream. Love everything about it. Not one negative I can think of. And Helen Wilkes also sells a great lamp/ magnifier with a strong sturdy clamp that I can move anywhere on the stand for a terrific low price. Its so great I just bought a second one for my husband for fly tying.
Alanna
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4:45 am Sep 21, 2006

Wow, they do look great! I think the wheels on the back of the suports are a great idea, and they claim that the spring loaded joints mean no loosening of knobs to flip over and work on the back- all true, Lennie?

BUT, again no prices on their website!!! So, how much did the Mark II set you back, if I may ask?
Sally
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11:03 pm Jan 02, 2007

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Oh I see, so you do need to loosen something to flip the frame. When I first looked at it on the website I thought it looked like the frame was on some kind of swivel that would just turn as you wanted it, but I suppose when you think about it that wouldn't provide any support while you worked would it?

That's a good idea to loosen the base wingnut- I must tell that to my mother-in-law...

Say, all these people out there with Ergos- what do you do for frames for your really big projects? Because for me 30" across is not going to accommodate my L&U. I see that K's Creations has 34" frames but they use the basting method, which I must say I HATE. Lokscroll really does seem like the perfect solution, but it's too small! Crying or Very sad



I just recently received an Artisan Design frame that is an oversized one. At the time I ordered it, I didn't realized that it was made in the same state where I live. Anyway, like you, Alanna, my project is a large size, larger than they advertised the Lokscroll at 30" I called and talked with the owner and he was more than happy to accomodate my needs and they did a beautiful job making the frame and everything to fit properly. My main problem is that, because of the length of the scroll frame, it has a definite tilt to the right and I find I have to keep it propped against something on the right side so that it doesn't tilt too far that it exerts too much pressure on the left side where it fastens to the frame, causing it to break. It have sent them an e-mail voicing my concern. Otherwise, I love the Ergo frame and appreciate their efforts to make it large enough to fit my project.
Sally
Fabala
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8:15 am Jan 03, 2007

I have the same tilting issue with my Ergo and the large frame.

I have looked and looked for something that attaches on BOTH sides of the frame... I know this means I would need to use it with a regular chair so I could scoot the chair back to get out from under the work (or else have my husband or someone come move the work to free me from it)... but the pressure put on the clamp holding the frame just on one side bothers me.
Alanna
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11:09 am Jan 03, 2007

It's so great to hear back about these frames/stands- I have just been looking all over the place to find the perfect frame and stand combination. The Lokscrolls from Artisan Designs were the best frames by far of any I saw (I really hate the basting method and think these frames just use the simplest and most efective way of keeping even tension without the fuss) but I was really worried about the size. Now that I've heard from Sally that they are willing to custom make larger ones I think I'll definitely be purchasing one of those. May I ask you, Sally, what the dimensions of your frame were and how much you paid for it?
Next comes the floor stand, I really love the look and design of the Ergo and Gazelle II stands from Artisan Designs (I think they look more like a nice piece of furniture than an actual tool!), but I was worried about them supporting the weight of a large frame. Now that this concern has been confirmed on two accounts I think that the very next best frame I've come across was the Mark II from Hearthside Craftworks- it supports from both sides (so is a bit bigger and more imposing than the Ergo/Gazelle, but still a far cry from the monstrous rug frames out there!), is compatible with all sorts of frames (here's hoping that includes the Lokscroll) and has the added advantages of spring loaded joints, which means you don't have to loosen anything to flip to the back, and wheels on the back feet so you don't get 'trapped' behind your frame.
Yes sirree, I've come to the conclusion that a custom-made Lokscroll from Artisan Designs and a Mark II frame from Hearthside Craftworks is the right combination for me! Now, I just need to start saving my pennies because these items are not being given away!

Thanks ladies, and happy stitching!
Sally
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11:17 pm Jan 06, 2007

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Originally posted by Alanna
Oh I see, so you do need to loosen something to flip the frame. When I first looked at it on the website I thought it looked like the frame was on some kind of swivel that would just turn as you wanted it, but I suppose when you think about it that wouldn't provide any support while you worked would it?

That's a good idea to loosen the base wingnut- I must tell that to my mother-in-law...

Say, all these people out there with Ergos- what do you do for frames for your really big projects? Because for me 30" across is not going to accommodate my L&U. I see that K's Creations has 34" frames but they use the basting method, which I must say I HATE. Lokscroll really does seem like the perfect solution, but it's too small! Crying or Very sad


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I purchased the Ergo frame from Artisan Designs at the suggestion of the owner. After he realized that I needed a larger size, he suggested that particular frame. The size of the scroll rods that I got is 37" which is quite a bit more than the largest size they advertise at 30". The side bars are 12". They apparently also had to increase the size of the stand itself to accomodate the additional weight. The total I paid was $309. I know that is a lot but considering how long the project is going to take me, I feel it is worth it. The workmanship is excellent, made of oak, beautiful,very smooth, and all corners are rounded off so there is no chance of you getting a splinter or snagging your material. I have never had a problem with any wobbling or tilting over. My husband is making something for me to use on the right hand side that I can use as a prop to ease the weight. I can easily flip the frame over without loosening anything. Just grab the top of the frame and pull it towards you. When you are finished with the backside, just tilt it back up in place. At this time you may have to tighten one of the knobs on the left, but it causes no problems.
Also, when I am done stitching I take the frame off of the stand. It only takes about a minute to put the frame back on the stand and adjust it for my needs.
It would be nice to have wheels on it like was suggested with the Mark II.
Sally in Oklahoma
Alanna
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10:31 am Jan 15, 2007

Thank you very much for all that information, Sally. I will definitely keep the Ergo still in mind in light of what you have said, and particularly that they are prepared to reinforce the stand itself in order to accommodate a larger frame. I think the price is also very reasonable. And I agree with you that Artisan Designs' stands really are beautiful items.
Fibreartist
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1:36 pm Dec 29, 2008

Remember also that the Mark 2 stand is for chairs and recliners. You can't use it with a sofa. The one for sofa and recliner is Ergo. and the System 4 is for sofas or chairs, you have to have a minimum clearance for the base. The Lowry will work with chairs, recliners, and sofas but you have to put a weight on the base or put it under the leg of the chair or sofa where you are working. I have a Mark 2 that they made to fit over my recliner. I have a system 4 that I can't use with my current sofa (no clearance-bummer because I really like this one); I also have a Lowry which I am using right at the moment with a qsnap. Now I would also like to get an Ergo because I will be able to use it with my current sofa and my recliner.
Let us know what you ended up choosing.
Gina in Vancouver BC Very Happy
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