Yummytimtam's Cross Stitch

Hi, welcome to my blog. This is about on one of my favorite crafts - namely cross stitch. Currently I'm doing various project rotations including Flaming June, Custom Cupid, Snow Wolves, Harmony, Watergarden, Alpine Seasons, Japanese Garden, Cranes, Angel of the Morning, Forest Goddess, The Abduction of Psych (beading), Persian Iris Garden, Mystery X and Cosima

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New Toy/Tool

Part 2 of HDYGG is done. This part had the most annoying stitch for me to do, the Queen Stitch. I've decided this is the most annoying specialty stitch for me. Somehow it just doesn't sit well for me. After some frogging, part 2 is finally done. I had to use the magnifying glass as well in this part. I'm getting old. LOL

While doing this, specially with all the specialty stitches particularly on those QS. I found it quite difficult to hold or rest my q-snap. I need it to 'float' firmly to free up both my hands to stitch. I have been considering this for some time. The solution - get another lap frame. My stitching stand is good for the big scroll frame but not for the small 11 inch q-snap. So I searched and looked at various stands available and decided to create one. Then follow by a brief visit to Bunning (the hardware store) and one hour or so later in the garage. Voila, here is my new toy/tool

Well, I didn't make the whole lap frame, just the parts which hold the q-snap. They are attached to my old lap stand. But the spacer in the middle is too big for 11 inch q-snap but a 14 inch fits ok like this

I was able to finish this Part 2 much quicker and easier on it. The cost of this clamps - about A$12 for the woods, screws, springs and bolts. Pretty cheap and works too.  Now I need to make another smaller base which can hold 11 inch q-snap. And it can be very mobile that I can take it when travelling.


At 11:31 PM, Blogger Sisu said...

HDYGG Looks wonderful. I love the colors you have chosen, very cheery. Your q-snap clamp is also very nice. I miss having access to a nice woodshop, they are so handy to have! Sisu

At 12:09 AM, Blogger Karen said...

HDYGG is wonderful, Tim - you have picked just fabulous colors!! And the Queen stitches might have given you fits, but they look great!!

At 4:21 AM, Anonymous ClaireEJ said...

HDYGG looks fab! Gorgeous colours.
Love the new Q-snap clamp!

At 5:10 AM, Blogger Paula H said...

This is looking wonderful, Tim! I've been leaning toward the specialty stitch version myself, so I'm really happy to see your pics.

Great work on the new clamp for your Q-snaps!

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Chiasmata said...

Nice stitching! I haven't attempted queen stitch yet, but a few people stitching this sampler have grumbled about them.

Great additions to your lap stand too. I wish I was nifty like that - then I wouldn't have had to spend a fortune importing a stand from the US.


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