Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March WIPocalypse


YAY!  It's that time again! Still have Cead Mile Failte sitting there but I'm almost done with some little things so I can get back to work on that.


There is an orange hoop back there with black fabric in it that is face down on purpose.  That one is a surprise.  The Welcome sign was discussed in the IHSW blog which is almost done AND I'm finally using the yarn that my friend Cyndy had given me for my birthday last year for a contest on dA,  It's going to be an infinity scarf but I think I need another ball (oh darn I have to buy another ball of yarn he he) as the pattern I'm using calls for three.  Those are my present WIPs at this moment.

March question is:   Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why? 


Well, I used to be a scroll bar snob......UNTIL a friend of mine  had told us all about the no slip hoops she purchased at Micheal's with the gift card her husband had given her.  She was so thrilled with them I asked a friend of mine to pick up the 11 pack when she went to Florida.  $20 later, I had my first pack.  That's right, $20.  Then I started using them and was so in love with them I had to have my friend who introduced them to me get MORE to give as prizes for the Stitching Pirates contest that was on at the time.


I have tried Q-snaps.  For me the answer is NO.  I only use stretcher bars when I'm doing sequins and beads patterns.  I have a lap stand (without hoop) that I picked up for the English Cottage Sampler by TW since that scroll frame is GIGANTIC but have not used it yet....more on that subject when I get to it.

Okay so why?  Well, like I said I used to be a scroll frame snob.  I felt scroll frames kept things taught...which they did.  Now I have the no slip hoops and cannot use the scroll frames much due to weight issues on my wrists.  The smaller scroll frames still work great, but those no slip hoops are the bees knees!  My step-mom sent up another set for me after I introduced her to cross stitch but I fear I may need more and more and more....I think I love them so much!

I hope your March has been so very good to you :-D

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!




16 comments:

  1. I adore those hoops from Michaels, I have a few old regular hoops that I have to use occasionally, and then remember I need to buy more Michaels ones.

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    1. I thought you had some?? I shall have to remedy that if you don't do it first!

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    2. No I have bunches, or at least 5, but there always seems to be one size I need that I don't have enough of, so I hit Micheals for them and get distracted by pretties.

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    3. I am aware of your affliction...it seems we are both medically impaired with the same issue!

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  2. I love the hoops I won in that competition! I need to keep my eye out for more (as they have found their way over here too luckily) as one can never have too many of them, especially the smaller ones that are easier for me to hold :) I also have a thing for my old wooden hoops, I never did wrap them in tape to stop slipping but I like that it's easy enough to adjust tension :)

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    1. You know, they are made in France so it's beyond me why you wouldn't have access to them before I would! When I was using the wooden hoops way back when it never occurred to me to wrap them in batting or tape to tighten things up...but now it doesn't matter hahahahaha!

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  3. Those hoops are very pretty colours! I would use them as decorative frames rather than for actual stitching!

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    1. They are so inexpensive there is no reason not to!!

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  4. I've never heard of those! I use scroll rods but with a stand so I can stitch two handed. Otherwise I stitch in hand.

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    1. I have stitched in hand for straight line back stitching so I can do it Holbein-ish and really makes that straight line nice and neat :D

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  5. I seriously love those no slip frames...and since Magical says they are avaiable in Europa as well now, I really need to keep my eyes open too.

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    1. You will love them when you get your hands on them :D

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  6. I've never used the no slip hoops, though maybe I'll have to try them for tiny things that are inappropriate for Qsnaps. I have a hard time holding hoops (for whatever reason), but for smalls - one must do what one must do ;)

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    1. oh yes, there are a 4" and a 5" hoops that are perfect for smalls. I am sure that once you have those you will be hooked!

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  7. I've tried the Susan Bates hoops. Yes they don't slip but I still dislike hoops.

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    1. These aren't Susan Bates, but if you aren't a hoop person that's alright by me! As long as you are stitching haha!

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