I’ve been using an 8″ Q-Snap frame and while I’m sure it’s great for small pieces, that frame and I are not bonding! First, I’ve heard the little snap on things will loosen up but let me tell you . . I about need a power tool of some kind to get them off right now. My hands don’t have a lot of strength and the first night, I about gave up. It must have taken me 15 minutes to get the the snapper things off. My thumbs ached; my wrist ached. I decided I’d just stitch in hand (without it being in a frame) but my stitches looked quite sloppy so I went back to putting the piece in the Q-Snap frame. Second, all I’ve stitched is that one border and a bit on my New Year’s Day piece. When doing something that has a lot of “traveling” and I’m having to reposition the frame often . . not fun. I can see the 8″ Q-snap being perfect for working on densely stitched areas or small pieces but I think I chose the wrong piece to start with for using that.
I had been doing a bit of research on scrolling type frames. I’m sure there are all levels of quality and bells and whistles and some of them are outrageously expensive but they are quite beautiful. I came across this one on Etsy. It has great reviews and looks like it will work great. It’s made in Texas so it has to be good, right? I ordered it and it should be here today.
Then, I started thinking . . it’s built kinda like a longarm quilt frame in that you have to pin your piece onto the leaders and I started thinking . . I’m not a one project kind of girl, though I probably should try to be. Do I really want to keep pinning and unpinning projects? No. The alternative is to start something and finish it. Yep . . who does that? Don’t tell me if you’re a one project stitcher!
Then, I saw a flosstube with someone using a RolaFrame. I tracked down a few more videos and watched those and I LOVE the way it has little nails that the fabric goes onto and there’s no pinning so any time I want to switch pieces, I just lift it off the nails. Simple! RolaFrames are made by Dan in Alabama. He doesn’t sell retail but has a map showing shops that carry his frames. They are all handmade and from what everyone says, the quality is first class. You buy whatever size side pieces you need (which gives you the amount of stitching depth (from bottom to top in my mind) and you buy what size bar you need/want (which gives you the width). Say I’m happy stitching within about an 8″ depth, I could order whatever side end bars are about that size, but say I’m using fabric that’s 36″ wide, I need the longer wooden “rods” to be a size that will accommodate at least 36″. The end pieces and rods are not terribly expensive. I think $50 to $60 would cover a set of end pieces and rods but you can buy just the rods or just the end pieces. I don’t think there are as many options for end pieces as their are rods.
This is a video I watched that shows loading the stitching piece onto the bars. This is another one that talks about the RolaFrame starting at about 8:00. She has the floor stand that is an accessory.
After watching the video and researching the RolaFrames, I decided that was a better frame overall for me so I ordered one set of end pieces and one set of rods or bars and I don’t even remember what size I ordered but I can always order additional sizes once I know better what I prefer. There’s really no way to even decide what I’m going to like best til I use it. I figure if Vince continues to cross stitch (doubtful – I think he did it out of pure boredom when he was here), he may end up wanting to try a frame too.
Ahhh . . my invoice just arrived in email. I ordered 18″ rollers (that’s what they’re called!) and 10″ end pieces so, in theory, I’ll have 10″ x 18″ for stitching. Those two pieces fit together a bit like Lincoln Logs. At any time in the future, I can order longer rollers, which will attach to my 10″ end pieces or I can order bigger end pieces if I want a wider stitching area. This sounds like a perfect system which is every easy to expand. The rollers were $28 and the end pieces were $28 (for two each – two rollers for $28 and two end pieces for $28) so it isn’t outrageously expensive at all. The lady at the shop did tell me Dan has had a price increase and they will be passing it along on future orders.
I was kinda laughing, maybe to keep from crying, but I thought . . it’s one thing to slip a few skeins of floss or even yarn in here without Vince realizing I’ve purchased something else. Slipping a wooden stitching frame in . . probably not going to get by without him noticing but maybe he’ll never notice that there are two here, since he won’t be here when they arrive but at some point he’ll see me using them.
Oh well . . that’s life around here! 🙂