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Joined: 23 Jun 2009
Posts: 2
Location: Holladay, UT, USA
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2:48 pm Jun 25, 2009

Hi, everybody! I just joined the forum (could you guess from the subject line?) Though I've been a needleworker on and off for over 50 years, my addiction is on the order of ten years. I do various types of embroidery, but most of my projects are cross-stitch.

I have a couple smaller SQ projects in queue and just got the chart for Bowl of Flowers in a Landscape (BFL), which I'm going to make for my daughter (who has guinea pigs). It will be far and away the largest thing I've done. I don't expect to start it for a few months, and I've conceded that it will take me a number of years, especially since I still work full-time and will probably have a smaller project in the works simultaneously most of the time.

I've used a floor frame that my dad made me long ago for a non-cross-stitch project (and that I used again recently for my virgin cruise into stumpwork), but it's just a rectangular frame and not large enough for BFL. I've read some of your posts with discussions of various commercial stands and may end up going that route, but my husband says he can make me one. (Now I have to tell you that we moved back here to the Salt Lake City area from Reno four years ago, and the list of things he's going to make for me has had only additions in that time!)

Anyway, I am very impressed with the stand you made, Alanna, and was wondering if you'd be willing to share or sell your plans. It's nearly as impressive as the astoundingly neat back of your Minstrel piece.

One of you regular posters mentioned that she uses a lot of 22-count Aida. Where on Earth do you get that? I've searched the Web and come up empty. I, too like to keep the size down somewhat (so I have room to hang more work!) and would be interested in trying 22-count. I've used 40-count linen (with a magnifier), but like many of you, I prefer Aida when there's no exposed fabric.

Well, enough for now. I'll be here now and again, and it's great to "meet" you all!

Susan Furca
Joined: 16 May 2005
Posts: 639
Location: North of Atlanta
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5:13 pm Jun 25, 2009

Hey, Susan, and welcome! I'm the quiet one, by the way, regardless of what ALANNA says. Wink

As for the 22ct, I use a lot of it. I first got it by the yard off the bolt at Hobby Lobby, but then they stopped carrying bolts. But Charles Craft or MGC Textiles - one of those that distributes the prepackaged stuff to various chains - has various size packages available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joanns. I assume other similar stores have them, too. I know HL and Michaels carry the big pieces - 30x36, I think they are. And I'm pretty sure Nordic Needle carries it, in various colors, too:
Joined: 27 Aug 2006
Posts: 633
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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7:17 pm Jun 25, 2009

Originally posted by rifestitch
I'm the quiet one, by the way, regardless of what ALANNA says. Wink

I would never say anything to contradict! So if Rife says she's quiet I will simply nod knowingly from my stitching chair and not say a word! Rolling Eyes

Now, about my fabulicious stand! I would be more than happy to give you as many pointers as you need but I'm afraid that the "plans" are not actually in existence. It was done very much ad hoc, a bit of this and a bit of that until it felt right. We wiggled it this way and that way and sort of made it up as we went along, and then changed it to suit the chair I would be using, my height and the size of the piece I wanted to put on it. Very important note: I had the constant help of my father-in-law who is a builder and we used all his groovy professional tools, including his woodturner to create the little knobs. I absolutely could not have done it without him and his toolshed! But let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do my best to help! Very Happy

Oh, and welcome to the forums! Razz
Joined: 16 Apr 2004
Posts: 420
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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6:50 am Jun 26, 2009

Just wanted to welcome you, Susan, to the board. I first typed "bored", but you won't be here... Very Happy
Sometimes the board goes silent, but nobody stresses about it (as they do at another cross-stitch forum I belong to). We just figure everyone's too busy stitching!
Joined: 26 Aug 2008
Posts: 50
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
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8:40 am Jun 26, 2009

Hi, Susan. I just wanted to let you know I ordered a 30x36 piece of 22 count from They have great prices and service, and deliver very quickly. I think they are in Utah, so any orders you place should arrive even faster!
Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Posts: 172
Location: England
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5:05 am Jun 30, 2009

Hi Lani

Just wanted to add my welcome! You'll find the boards here extremely helpful. If in need, just shout (or type Laughing )

Best wishes - Christine Stitching
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