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Today on this most glorious 7 F (-13.8 C) degree day...
I thought I'd share something that warms my heart like nothing else -
A little needlework gadgetry!
as I was trying my hand at an old Lavender and Lace pattern I noticed I kept missing stitches and getting off a stitch or two because I was forgetting to leave space for the beads. So after talking to a couple of ladies (who do this kind of stitching regularly) I figured out that one way I could solve my problem was to stitch and bead as I go along....
that made some issues because I was solely a Q-snap user. I mean I have written and written and written over the years, right here on this blog that I'll never use anything else besides a Q-snap.
"yada, yada, yada"
Well I had a dilemma..I'm a Q-snap user. How can I snap the snap over beads and not break them?
Again, I talked to a handful of ladies and all of them said essentially the same thing: "It's always a possibility that a bead will shatter if you snap a Q-snap over them..."
They gave lots of good advice and experience techniques and some even said they STILL use Q-snaps and bead as they go and they sometimes have a problem bead or two, but that it is doable, the majority of beads will not shatter.
In the statistical world that is called random effect...or in simple terms in a group of numbers there are always a few that lie outside the linear bounds of reason (OR don't hit the mark!)
before I go on... I know people stitch in hand and I know people use hoops, q-snaps, frames, etc. etc. Let's face it, we all have our own, tried and true, ways to stitch. I'm not trying to say my way is the best way or the only way. I'm just merely offering up my data collection, my experiences for you to consider and perhaps open the door to your own stitching in a new way. That's how I learn. I ask lots of questions, to a lot of people and read every scrap of information I can read about the subject I'm researching. Maybe that is the scientist in me? I don't know. All I know is, if I have a question or a problem - I ask - LOTS of people. Then I will sit and ruminate on it for a few days and decide what path I want to take - or what the solution may be for me. Then after I test it out a bit, try different products and see how I like them, I form an opinion (or hypothesis, if you will). After further testing, weighing the pros and cons, either my hypothesis becomes a theory (I put it into daily use) OR I throw it out and start a new hypothesis (or go back to my old proven theory).
I tried out these scroll rods (before trying the ones I'm sharing with you today)...
1. some brand that I got at Joann's that were split rail and were poor quality
2. Edmunds "Handiclamp" scroll rods (didn't care for)
3. American Dream Scroll rods (and I liked these for quality, still using one set...but the turn off for me was either I had to sew on to the project to the rod or I had to use velcro (that you have to buy over or reuse the used velcro by sewing it on the fabric)
I want a product where I slap it on and go. . .
I bring to you: ROLAFRAMES!
These are scroll roads that have a split rail loading technique. The genius is though: the split rail has tiny tacks down the length to hold the fabric in place (no tape, no velcro, no sewing...just lay it on and tap it down on the tacks)
Close up view...
Slipping the top rail on, the fabric is on the tacks, the tacks perfectly align with the holes to house them in the top rail. . .
The rails fit into the grooves on the side bars...
NOTE: you want to roll them up with the back of the fabric rolling to the top, that way the front of the fabric remains free from touching and clean.
here is a side view...
Slip on the wing nuts: and keep them loose (don't tighten them down yet)
Flip it to the front: see the back of the fabric is rolled to the front. . .
Now you will twist the bottom tightly and screw down the bottom wing nuts until they do not move any more. Then you will do the same to the top.
(Here you can see the split rails rods are painted different colors so you keep the two sides of the rod together with the right side.)
Once it is all taut to the tension you want... it is stitching time! you just roll as you go when stitching...rolling the top (or bottom) up into the rod roll bring out a new area to stitch.
(AND I can bead as I go when do my Lavender and Lace or Mirabilia or other beaded designs.)
There is also a little magnet that is put on every pair of Rolaframes to park your needles!
ROLAFRAMES is made by The Splinter Shoppe in Huntsville, Alabama. They do not have a website. They DO have a Facebook page. Before contacting the shop, I tried to see if there was a LNS around me that carried them. (Please do that yourself if you are interested in purchasing.) However there was no shop around me that carried them so, I got a hold of them when I wanted to order a few more sets.
Here is the information for contacting:
The Splinter Shoppe Facebook Page can be accessed HEREor if the link doesn't work, here it is all spelled out to copy and paste:
At the Facebook Page, you can see other stitching products (they have stitching stands) and you can read reviews (including one that I did myself)....
For those of you who are not Facebook users, I have the e-mail. If you do not have a shop close to you that carries Rolaframes and you'd like to try them please contact:
They will send you a price list and options at your request via e-mail (after confirming no shop near you carries them).
Rods "do not bow" made of good quality, hardwood
Come in various rod lengths
Sidebars come in various height lengths
Fully interchangeable among rods
Have a needle holder magnet on every set
Economical you buy a set and you are good to go (you never have to buy velcro, tape, etc)
NO SEWING project to rods
Little margin space needed on fabric because you don't have to sew, tape, velcro to rods.
I'm using them pretty much (if you've noticed over the last fall posts here and on my Instagram feed) EXCLUSIVELY.
I love Rolaframes...
I have a hunch, you may too!
Add them to your Santa list, Santa loves quality made, and for us good 'ol Americans "made in the USA" product!
Check them out today! (or sometime soon!)
UPDATE: I've had about 5 private messages/e-mails saying there is no way that a Rolaframe could keep the fabric as taut as a Q-snap. You are so wrong! I believe that Rolaframe hold the fabric MORE TAUT than a Q-snap and KEEPS IT TAUT until I loosen it. I'm not joking around with this information. I have researched and tried various brands and I'm telling you...I speak only the truth. Rolaframes is where it is at.