I recently discovered Scarlet Quince and promptly ordered my first SQ graph. It looks like I'm going to have to buy some sort of a scroll frame, however. Can anyone give me some recommendations/suggestions for type and brand of frame for these larger projects? If possible, where can they be purchased? Thanks for your help.
My scroll frames and floor stand are relatively inexpensive, and came from either Wal Mart or Hobby Lobby. I'm not even sure the brand name on them. The scroll frame is just two dowel rods, split up the middle part way, and you put your fabric in the split, then the dowels into the side rails, and tighten it all down. I have a bit of a problem with the split dowel, as it loses tension in the middle of the fabric as you work on it. The alternative is one of the solid dowel fframes that you either sew your fabric to, or velcro it. For my SQ, which was too wide for any of the scrolls I was able to get locally, I bought two oak dowels from Home Depot, 4' each, tacked an extra peice of fabric to each, and basted my fabric to them. I then used the side bars from one of my Wal Mart scroll rod sets to fit over the dowels and trimmed them down a bit.
There are several different kinds, to be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, maybe even Joann's and Hancock's might carry them - don't know Scroll frames can be heavy, especially with big SQ projects, so I expect you will want a stand, either one that fits in your chair or a floor stand. You can invest a lot of money into a really nice set-up, like Hearthside and Kay's Creation stands, both of which you can google, and if you have a LNS, they may carry one of these. I myself haven't gotten a good one because I need to "test-drive" them before I make that kind of $$$ commitment, and really, my cheapies are working okay for me. Not perfect, but serviceable. I don't have a LNS that carries any.
My devoted spouse found a very nice, and still in the box, floor stand on e-bay for about a tenth of it's original retail price. We have also discovered some bargains at local Goodwill type places. Stretcher bars mostly, but also fabrics, hoops, bags of floss. It's worth checking around in your area for these kinds of shops. We have one on the coast that is run by the local humane society and they always have stitching treasures. It can be an overwhelming and costly craft to start, but it can also be fun to shop for things that others have deemed 'trash' and we call fab finds.
Dare I ask a stupid question? . Everyone seems to use an embroidery hoop or scrolls etc. Why??
Bought a hoop last week and thought to try it, did try it today for an hour or so, and had the feeling I was fighting with the hoop, the fabric and needle +thread. Took the fabric out of the hoop and saw that it's very easy to pull the thread to tight,understand now why Meredith wrote about it in the newsletter. The thing is I just hold the fabric in my hand while stitching with the other,that works for me best.
quote:Originally posted by fenny Dare I ask a stupid question? . Everyone seems to use an embroidery hoop or scrolls etc. Why??
I can stitch in hand on small things, but I like my fabric very, very taut. I know a couple of people who do very large projects in hand, but I just can't do it - my stitch tension won't stay consistent if I don't have it stretched. But if that works best for you, then absolutely, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. We all have things that work for us and not for others. And I have gotten so used to two-handed stitching, that when I work on a travel project, having to hold the hoop, I spend half my time thinking how much faster I could be stitching if I had my floor stand!
Exactly the same for me, I like my fabric drum-head tight. I have a good friend who was taught by her mother to hold her fabric in her hand, they both do lovely work, and the system suits them. I also stitch two-handed, I quilt this way too. I think it's really just what you get used to, what feels right to you.
Thanks for explaning this to me .But a floorstand is something I can understand.
But remembered that Rifestitch is working on 22count and tried that with a hoop, well, found out that you really need a hoop or scrolls to keep the fabric very tight, because stitching on 22count is otherwise almost impossible to keep the xs regular.
Hey Julie, how is your picture coming along?
Nemisis update, thanks for asking Fen. I had to set it aside about two weeks ago, I got a comminssion job. I will be done tonight (ironically enough) with those, so it will be back to the Narcissis. It is moving along, about a third finished I would say. I am not enjoying it any more than I did before but I do like to be done with a page and toss it across the room shouting "ha ha, you will never get me down" or something just as lovely. (The devoted spouse just glances up and tries not to smirk, I mean smile. He also had a day-off shift change thing happen this month, so with him gone more I can stitch more.) The kid I am stitching it for will be 24 at the end of March and I am aiming for that as my completion date, fingers crossed and no more delays. I am in the process of figuring out a new camera phone, so you might even see pics here some time soon!
I too am an in-hand stitcher. I've tried hoops before without much love. I liked how it kept it taught but didn't like how it'd stretch/distort the fabric, fought the hoop, not much room to move around. If I used a larger hoop then it didn't keep it very taught. I've given up on those and do everything in hand. I roll the fabric and it's smaller to hold than the hoop. The top overhangs so it doesn't bother me. I'm the only one I know that does in hand so I suspect I'm the oddball but it works for me.
So now you know there are more oddballs around , but most stitchers in holland stitch out of hand and neatless to say I do exactly like you with the fabric.
Sounds great Julie! Hope you'll get it done for the 24 of March, which is by the way only a few months away, good luck. Know the feeling of finishing a page