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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Manifesto and Frames

I have got myself into a right "tis was" today. I use a Millennium Frame and the widest bars are 36". I have longer ones being custom made but the wood is "resting" before being turned and they are going to be another two weeks.

I tried setting up my fabric on a q-snap with my Lowery stand (I love my Lowery) and then a hoop but I now remember why I bought the Millennium Frame in the first place.

It is very rare for me to swear but I have today. My husband said that he cannot stand the tension and I said "yes that is the problem".

I think that I will be putting Manifesto to one side until the longer bars arrive.

My poor postman will be stalked again.

You are all gong to have to feed my passion for Manifesto with lots of your progress photos.

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Margaret said...

What a bummer, Nicola. I hope you can hold on till the bars come. I'm still pondering on what fabric to use and waiting for some silks.

HollyXSing said...


I mounted my silk gauze on 14" by 19" stretcher bars. I have used over 120 tacks! I have put my mounted gauze on my Lowery Stand and have been stitching. I am going to stitch only on Sundays. I will post a picture here after completing today's work!

Nicola, sit tight...it is worth the wait!

Happy Stitches,

-Holly in VA

Fiona said...

Think of all the stitches you can put in on SDW and Jane while you wait on your longer bars. Then once the come there will be no holidng you back and your needle will fly.

Laurie in Iowa said...

(((Nicola))) how frustrating. I can't fit my Manifesto linen on the 36" bars either, so I will be stitching in hand. I don't think my budget will allow for any more frames from Needle Needs this month.
As soon as the sun returns I'll take some photos of my Manifesto, Jane A. and Sarah Pain and will on the SL blog.

Stitch Wizard said...

Oh Nicola, wow I am so sorry you are having to wait for so long to get your bars for your project!! Yes it is tension in many ways than one that you are having problems with. Manifesto is so beautiful and it would be so hard to not be able to start on it if you want to for such a long time. Yours is going to be extra special and so lovely. I will be watching and feeding my desire to do it too by watching other stitcher's progress until I might be able to get this lovely project. I hope the time flies for you and you get your bars that you ordered!!

Krista said...

Oh, I am sure you must be dissappointed, I know how excited you were to get going on it. I am sure your new scroll rods will be there before you know it. It is a good thing we are all stitching so many things at one time and there are choices! :)

Faye said...

Hopefully soon they will be delivered to you Nicola... Perhaps on your birthday???...

Kaisievic said...

How annoying for you! I hope that the longer bars come soon! I never use a hoop or a stand so I don't have that problem - I just cannot stitch with them.

Katherine said...

Too funny! Husband obviously not a stitcher! Hope your bars or rods are done soon. It really is frustrating though when we pick out these giant projects and then have to gig-up some way to work them. I feel for you.

Debbie Bauer said...

I sure know how you feel! Postmen must go home with some interesting stories at the end of the day!
What fabric have you chosen for your piece? Holly is uaing silk gauze- I have never heard of using this fabric.I am finding it so interesting following these blogs and I am learning lots too!I am also spending a fair amount on charts, floss, sitching stand and now a milennium frame(which hasen't arrived yet either)But just think about what beautifu lsitched pieces I'll have in my home.

Jennifer H said...


Awww gee, really hope you get the bars soon. Just think of how fast you will be flying on that with the amount of adrenline you have going! :D

Right now, I am stitching in hand my Leo, will soon be putting stitches in for Domus and Rosa, as I want to place them soon on the fabric. I am most anxious to get them on there! Can you tell? LOL

Hugs and Love dear friend,
Jennifer H

H and T said...

Oh Nicola, I am so sorry to hear about your "tension" problems. I know how frustrating it is when you want to start a piece with every fiber of your being, but are prevented from doing so.

Have you tried laying strips of batting between your q-snaps and linen? I find that this greatly improves the tension I am able to achieve, plus it helps keep that tension in place. In other words, it stops the linen from slipping.

Just an idea.

Take care! Heather

Rowyn M said...

Oh no, isn't that always the way when you are dying to get started on a new design!