quote:Originally posted by rifestitch 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.
This will give you some information - I'm sure you'll get lots more answers! Hope this helped a little!
So, what chart did you get?
I purchased "Tea" which is a colonial lady serving tea. I couldn't make a decision on which chart to buy first ( I just had to have one!) so as I looked around this one struck me as being quite different but absolutely perfect for my Williamsburg style decor. BUT I'm not allowing myself to start it until I finish 2 or 3 other projects. I have a tendency to buy too much and not stitch enough! However, in my own defense, I learned years ago that when you see something you like and don't buy it and then decide to go back later and buy it, it's gone! So I buy it when I see it hence my stockpile!
Don't worry you're not the only one. When I'm in Holland I go crazy too, the shopkeeper told me once, " you can come in as often as you like and browse around without buying anything" But who can resist?
So I hope you'll finish the others as quickly as you can, and happy The "Tea" is waiting.
No you two are not alone...I to tried to use the tools the others use...bought floorstands (two), Qsnaps and hoops...the hand works best for me too...My stitches are lovely and uniform and look sooo much neater to me..I think you all are right that it is just what you have gotten use to...I am working on a HEAD on 22ct and need the tools for that as the stitches are so small...so I don't waste the money I spent will use it for those projects .
quote:Originally posted by sverzino 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 there are more, thanks for letting us know.
How is the HAED coming along? Saw several pictures people posted on their forum. Working on 22 ct isn't easy.
Must be sooo difficult to get your stitches neat and tidy.
It's coming along sloooow.....I'm working on the Turandot....lots and lots of black in the background...and that can be a bit overwhelming.I use a Qsnap so that does help some but I use the small 8x8 frame and work one page at a time instead of all the way across like I usually do....much more challenging...but that's what I love about it...I have to remind myself that I don't have to compete with anyone and just do it like I like to so it doesn't become a chore and lose my love for it....I stay home with my five year old so I can stitch any time, all the time....after chores...and lessons and dinner....lol....well you know what I mean....oh and I can't forget to mention the cat and dogs....lol...they need mommy's attention too....lol.....