Saturday, May 03, 2008

Q-snaps Trick

Hello Friends! I've had a few personal e-mails and a couple of people comment on the fabric seen on my waiting Q-snaps as seen here in this picture:

Well, it was a trick that I learned from someone else and I gave it a try....here's what it looks like when I'm actually stitching:


The reason I do it is:
  1. If I have to move my Q-snap around, I feel it protects my other stitches and they won't get smooshed
  2. The primary reason I use it though is because it keeps the fabric *very* taut - and if it does slip, you just give the the "snaps" a little twist and it's back to being really taut

The colored "fabric" on the Q-snaps is just 10 cents craft felt....nothing special, I just buy it and cut it into strips and there ya go...instant tautness! Now if only my Oil of Olay worked as well!

Give it a try you Q-snap lovers....you'll never go back to naked snap stitching ;)

Until next time......

39 comments:

  1. Vonna, it's little tips & hints like that that make stitching more pleasurable! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. "Now if only my Oil of Olay worked as well!"

    Okay I literally laughed out loud when I read that! I even read it to DH and he thought it was funny, too! Thank you for the good laugh :)

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  3. And you passed that little tip on to me...and I've since passed it on to my mom (a Q-Snap newbie who loves them!).

    :-)

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  4. Thanks for the tip Vonna!

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  5. I do that, too! It works so well and a very inexpensive solution. Happy Stitching :-)

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  6. I love the felt idea, thanks! For years I've been using that shelf liner that is rubberlike and full of holes, but I don't like how it seems to 'shed' all over my sofa. Thanks!

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  7. I started doing this as soon as I got my first Q-Snap (I just use random scraps of fabric, or even white papertowels in a pinch) and it's one of the reasons I now have FOUR Q-Snap frames. As you say, you can get your linen VERY taut, and it does a fantastic job of protecting the stitching.

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  8. Thanks for another great tip! I also agree about the oil of olay

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  9. I do that too :) I like my fabric really taut when stitching, especially over one, helps me to see the holes better :)

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  10. Naked snap stitching....hmmmm...so glad you emphasized the naked for the snaps and not while stitching! :-)

    I am a true "snap" convert and turned my sister on to them as well. I'm the only one I've spotted so far at my Sampler Guild that uses them though...could it be snobby stitchers think they are pagen to the craft??? Well phooey on them...I can't live without Q-snaps and will stand(stitch) alone if I have to!!!!
    From the Patrick Henry of Cross Stitching

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  11. Thanks for the tip, Vonna. I used Q-Snaps until the day they wore a hole in one of the pieces I was working on. I immediately went back to the 6" hoop, which is what I still use to this day.

    Maybe I should give the Q-Snaps another shot?

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  12. I loved the blue hydrangeas from your last post. My Dad always bought one that looked just like that for my Mom on Mother's Day. Thanks for sparking a lovely memory.

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  13. You are inspiring!

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  14. Dianne11:46 AM

    That's a terrific idea! I usually add folded tissues (yep Kleenex) if I'm working on someone else's project to keep it clean and taunt. I think the tissue paper we put in gift boxes would work too. I would be nervous to use red or orange felt-just make use it's color fast, but if you haven't had a problem yet, that's great!

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  15. I am afraid I am still an in hand worker. It is actually painful for me to use frames and hoops and such. My hands are a bit weak and it just hurts so in hand works for me.

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  16. Thanks for the tip, Vonna! I'll have to give it a try!

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  17. Excellent tip Vonna : ) Thx for sharing

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  18. I do this as well, for the same reasons. Plus I had a habit of parking my needles in my fabric when I was done stitching, and now I park them in the extra fabric, much better for my project's fabric.
    Sue

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  19. What a nifty trick :) And thanks for the cube tute, I'm definately going to try that one out!

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  20. Thanks for the tip! I use Q-snaps also and always worried about my other stitches as well.

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  21. Actually I have to admit that I had seen this before in one of your photos and thought what a great way to protect the stitches under the Q-Snap. So I did use this idea with a little felt and found it works perfectly. Thanks!!

    Your cube tutorial is great. You make it all look so easy!

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  22. Next time I go to Joann's I'm picking up some felt - what a great idea. I learned about QSnaps from reading blogs and now I've learned how to make using them even better.

    I'll never use Oil of Olay again without thinking of you!

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  23. I'll try that! Sounds like a great tip! Vonna, you being a nurse and all, read my blog about the baby, tell me what you think! Thanks!
    Donna

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  24. Thanks for sharing a brilliant idea! Gonna give it a try....

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  25. Terrific idea, I will have to try that! Thanks Vonna.

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  26. Thanks Vonna! I'm going to try this :)

    Michelle

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  27. Great tip Vonna! I do the same thing, but the QSnap Hugger hides that..;)

    ~Kim~

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  28. Thanks for the tip, Vonna! I'm going to pass this on to my sister who stitches with Q-snaps.

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  29. I'm going to have to give that a try. I stitch in-hand, as well as with q-snaps, and it doesn't seem to matter how snug the fabric is when I start, after a while it loosens. So I'll be off to find some felt...

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  30. You always leave me smiling.
    Have a great day and thanks for the tip!
    All the flowers are wonderful!

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  31. Thanks for the tip! BTW I've been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy the music you've added to your blog. I must admit though that it scared the heck out of me the first time. I wasn't expecting it and had the volume up full!

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  32. Thanks for the instructions. It looks nice and tight!

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  33. Great Idea. Question: will the felt bleed onto the fabric if it were to get damp from sweating hands? Just wondering. I think I will try this and use white felt. I have been using solid white paper towel cut into strips, to help create tauntness. The felt may last a bit longer. thanks for the tip. laurel

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  34. What a brilliant idea and if you can get the olay to do the same we definitely want to know.

    BTW love the choice of music Ive listened to Neil Diamond and now Im on to Andy Kim, the sounds up full and my day is off to a brilliant start.

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  35. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Vonna,

    Hello, you don't know me....I'm Julie's mom(October Eves) and I'm just checking in with you to be sure everything is okay in your corner of world. You haven't posted to your blog all week and I'm hoping you aren't sick or one of your kids aren't sick. Just hoping everything is okay. Have a great Mothers Day tomorrow.

    Jill

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  36. Good tip, love my q-snaps! Hope all is well with you, we miss your posts!

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  37. Hi Vonna
    I have tried to email you but 'it' is not letting me, i have misplaced your address and Maddi wants to send Katie a 'hope you are feeling better now' gift.
    Would you mind emailing me with your address.
    thanks
    Tessa x

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  38. Hi Vonna

    I too love my Q snaps..I put the large paper towels on mine and so far so good...I have had them for many years and can't think of not using them...

    great tip..
    BTW I love your stand..

    Nana
    Fl

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