March Madness a.k.a. WIPocalypse


Well since I just posted an update on Sunday of Duck Collage there's not much progress to show today. But here it is anyway.....
Sorry for the darkness of the snap, all I had was my stitching light to light it.
 
Now for this month's topic question: 

March  23 - Topic: Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? (via CathieJ)
 
I first started stitching with hoops because at the time that's all I knew of.  Back in the late 1960's there wasn't that much available around here at the time.  We had department and fabric stores, but I can't remember any (strictly speaking) craft stores.  I still use hoops but very rarely.

Now days as my projects have gotten bigger I needed something to accommodate the larger sizes of fabric and not leave hoop rings so I moved on to scroll frames (or stretcher bars).

With my home made 36" wide scroll frames came the problem of how to hold them. Answer...  Make my own scroll frame table and cradle (or lap stand).   Scroll Frame Cradle & Table

 Q-Snap frames were kind of a happy accident.  I needed something to start Duck Collage on but everything I had was in use and I didn't want to deal with hoop rings; so I decided to buy a 17x17 set to see what it was like. I was surprised at how drum tight the Aida fabric is using it.  I'm not very happy about how the fabric is distorted in the corners, but as I'm using Aida I don't mind; in fact I think I'll keep this Q-snap frame strictly for aida kit projects.
 

Happy Stitching everyone and Thanks for stopping by.....

12 comments:

Lady Stitch-a-Lot said...

Lovely progress on the ducks =)

My first frame was a Qsnap, but I just started stitching 7 years ago (in the late 1960s my mum was a teenager, lol, I feel so young...) so Qsnaps were already very popular (considered "new" in Germany) and I hopped on the Qsnap train. I mostly stitch smaller project or Aida projects on them (I have trouble fitting "new" aida on my scroll frame, maybe I should prewash it..) and I am very happy with them =)

Rose Barrow said...

Your ducks look lovely!!!!!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Hello again ducks!
This month's topic has sparked a lot of interesting debates. I am a true "in-hand" stitcher myself.

Firecrakr Projects said...

I don't know if someone has asked this on a previous post, and I don't want to be repetitive. It looks like you have magnets holding on to your pattern. Are they just regular kitchen magnets or are they specially designed for this purpose? Is the chart on some type of metal board or is it laying on your fabric? I think what your doing looks pretty cool!

Algodão Tão Doce said...

É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
harmonioso e de doação.
Todos somos promotores da Paz!
Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
Um doce abraço, Marie.

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

I just dearly love love your Blog....It is just beautiful. You have so many neat photos and other things on your Blog.

I love your WIP...Your Duck is so cute and adorable.....

I use Q Snaps for most of my Stitching Projects. I dearly love my Q Snaps. I use them a lot.

Have a Beautiful Weekend
Linda K

ANGIE said...

Hi Jan, lovely ducks again! I'm looking forward to the next too. Happy stitching!

Angela S said...

Your ducks are looking lovely this month. Great progress so far! I also love the tension on q-snaps. They are almost as good as Millennium Frames, but so much more affordable! Your stitching stand is pretty ingenious. I've never been good at diy stuff, but your frame looks perfect for stitching.

Jan Jones said...

Angela S. since you are set to "noreply-comment" I can't answer your comment privately. So I'll say "Thank You" publicly here. ;-)

Babs said...

Nice progress. To answer your question, I'm mostly stitching with a hoop. I can't stitch freehand and a qsnap/super frame is not my thing. Even huge things like a Haed go on my hoop.

D1-D2 said...

Aren't q-snaps great :D my only issue with them is if your fabric is really big, it gets heavy after a while.

Sara said...

Love your ducks!