Sunday, 22 February 2015

Learning to cross stitch again...

Well, that's what it feels like anyway!

I ordered some Q-snaps from the USA a couple of weeks ago and they have arrived!  I love the way my stitching looks on them, but I feel like I'm stitching soooo slooowly.

I have always stitched in hand, holding the fabric rolled up in my left hand and stitching over and under with my right.  I'm still using one hand as I can't figure out how to hold the Q-snap otherwise, but I can't put my left fingers under the fabric to help guide the needle, as I'm used to.

Here's my JEC SAL stitch for March still on my dinky 6 inch Q-snaps...



And something else I've been working on, this time on 11 inch Q-snaps...

Singin' in the Rain by Madame Chantilly

I had to change the colour of the hen as DMC Ecru didn't show up on the gorgeous White Chocolate linen I'm stitching on.  I think 612 is a good colour for a hen, don't you?

That's all for now, and may be for a while unless I speed up!

Until next time

Justine

41 comments:

  1. Justine, I cannot x-stitch using a frame or hoop ... it's too awkward for me. :) 'Singing in the Rain' is going to be a beauty.

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  2. It will be interesting to watch the comments on this. I could never figure out how to use q-snaps comfortably. I ended up going back to a spring hoop. Maybe someone will have some ideas!!

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  3. I balance the q-snaps against my knees, so I have the freedom to stitch with two hands. I also use a floor stand to hold my monster q-snap.

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  4. You sound so excited about getting and using your q-snaps and I have to say your work looks as perfect as ever, even if it is little slower.
    Personally I HAVE to have two hands to work with. Everything I stitch either goes on my Little Wizard or Millennium Frame for just that reason. I have tried a hoop before but found it cumbersome and very painful to hold.
    For your information, sewandso.co.uk do a Versatile Table Clamp or Seat Frame by Elbesee for £15.95 each. These will allow you to use your q-snaps and have two hands free. Similar floor stands with clamps are also available. But either would be an additional expense.
    I hope you find a solution to your problem soon! :)

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  5. Wonderful!!! How very exciting for you!
    I adore my q snap frames, they are literally the best thing since sliced bread! I love the way my stitching looks in it too... Clear and visible. I notice you have a cover... Brilliant!! I never got around to getting one.. I think they are useful for gathering all the fabric up on larger projects. I hope you find a comfortable way to use your q snap... I simply hold the frame in my left hand and stitch with my right.
    Your stitching by the way is lovely, I dare say you could never forget?!
    Happy stitching :)
    Smiles :)

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  6. Gorgeous stitching on such pretty designs Justine. I have always stitched in hand. I bought a big and small Q snap sets but I cannot work with them. All of my projects are worked in hand.

    Linda

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    1. I have never gotren the knack for stitching in hand. I use q-snaps and like how it keeps the linen tight and clean.

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  7. Your stitching looks great! I just recently invested in some qsnaps too....love them!

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  8. I stitch in hand myself. My technique is probably unusual because of my eyesight. I hold the fabric about 5-6 inches from my face and look over the tops of my glasses to see it! That's how I can stitch on even very high count fabrics, everything is clear when it's that close to your face.
    The main danger is stabbing myself in the nose with the needle LOL

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    1. ps I'm also stitching a Madame Chantilly design this month. They are so cute.

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  9. I thought Q-snaps were available everywhere! I guess they technically are, thanks to the Internet but still, no brick and mortar carries them over there? I think I'd be okay with using something like that (normally a hope or stand) but I really really love two-handed stitching. Does your stand clamp on them to hold it for you? I envy those who can stitch without a hoop; my tension goes to mess when I try anything larger than 2x2 inches!

    I would've swore up and down that that was a fish you were stitching, not a hen LOL. Love the little hearts on the umbrella. :D

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    1. Edit: normally a hoop haha. I guess I could stitch on hope though!

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  10. Love your stitching. I've been debating on q-snaps as well. All I use now is a hoop and occasionally a scroll, but I've always stitched with one hand. I think a floor stand would be helpful but my left hand is basically useless when it comes to stitching. Lol.

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  11. Beautiful stitching. I love my Q-snaps. I only use 6 and 8. Bigger than that hurts my hand. I hold the frame with my left hand and stitch with my right. It's all I've ever done so it works for me. I hope you can find what works best for you. I know they have frames that hold the Q-snaps but I've never tried one cause I like to recline when I'm stitching and figured it wouldn't hold it where I like it held.

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  12. Lovely work - I stitch both free hand and with a hand held frame, well it actually balances on my lap(kneescrossed) so I stitch two handed. A bit hard to explain written down.

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  13. At least you haven't given up like I did!

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  14. Exactly the same problem I am going through with my recently bought first 6x6 Qsnap. The aida fabric that we get here is cotton with starch. I usually cut, soak, rinse, dry and iron which then becomes very soft to hold in hand for stitching. Now when I am using the fabric given with dimensions kit, the fabric did not become soft and as such I was thankful for having Qsnap at the right time. But my speed was terribly slow and I would poke the needle from wrong places on fabric.
    Now I don't really know whether I like this Qsnap or not :( I hope I will get used to.
    Your stitching is looking lovely!!

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  15. It looks lovely Justine.
    I have an Elbesse seat stand http://www.sewandso.co.uk/Products/8-Seat-Frame__ELB-SEAT8.aspx and you can get a special clamp http://www.sewandso.co.uk/Products/Versatile-Clamp-Kit__ELB-VCO.aspx that you interchange instead of the hoop so the 6" Q snap will go into the clamp, You can then stitch 2 handed and just flip up the frame when you need to cast off.

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    1. The clamp is code 50540
      The seat frame code 67379
      Both from Sew and So here in the UK, just in case the link doesn't work.
      Julie x

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  16. Great stitching. I love my Q Snaps and use them all the time. I can understand how it can be difficult to change from the technique you are used to. I keep trying to learn 2 handed stitching, as I have heard it really speeds things up but everything I try it my stitching slows down so much I get annoyed, and end up just going back to my normal way.

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  17. Great stitching!! I haven't even started March for the JEC SAL!!
    Qsnap look fab, I've never tried them but I'm always using my hoop.
    I really think it helps with the finish of your stitching, even tension and neat little crosses :)

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  18. I love my QSnaps! Understand what you mean though, I'll try and take some photo's of how I hold mine so you can see if that helps :)

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  19. Lovely stitching! Good luck with the Q-snaps - I can only stitch with my hands, no hoops or snaps or anything. It's just too bulky. :P

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  20. Cute projects u got there! Enjoy your Qsnaps;) I have never tried them and hoops made my other hand hurt. Found a way with a sliding folder (the spine), weird huh? made stitching easier for me. I even posted about it in my blog last December;)

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  21. I love your stitching! That hen is the perfect color!!!

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  22. I'm sure the stitching is looking better when using a hoop or q-nsaps because the tension might be better but I have never tried it and I think I will stay with my in-hand stitching. It is certainly a question of what you are used to. Good luck with your Q-snaps.

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  23. I have always stitched with a hoop of some sort because that is the way my grandmother taught me. I hold the needle between my middle finger and thumb and kind of slide the needle along the back until I get to the right hole, guiding it with my pointer finger- it sounds funny and time consuming ( and hard to describe) but you'll get the hang of it and it is actually pretty fast. Funny though, I didn't realize that is how I held the needle until I tried it to tell you about!

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  24. Great stitching!
    I have some small qsnaps and I love them. I hold it in my left hand and one finger will guide the needle through the holes from the back. I stitch only with my right hand.
    Do you find it easy to finish your thread off? I have my fabric the other way with the back of the fabric lying over the top, so that the front of the stitching is sitting in the well of the frame. I don't think I have explained that very well.....

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  25. I love my Q snaps but also do stitching in hand and times and sometimes even a hoop. If I am using a q snap I have it propped up either on a table edge or my outstretched legs.

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  26. I have often wondered about Q Snaps. When I first got into stitching I tried a hoop, but my thread was always getting caught on the screw closure. Since I don't stitch many large pieces I have been holding the fabric in my left hand and stitching in my right. It's OK for smalls, but I am quickly experiencing the limits with my Stitchers Alphabet piece. Let us know how you get on!
    Jenn

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  27. I LOVE stitching with my QSnaps! I must admit that I couldn't hold & stitch the 11x11 size. So what I did was connect the 11" for the length and the 8" on the sides. That way I could stitch easily. I do use a thin felt strip that I lay over the linen and then put the clamp on top. That makes it easy to remove the clamps for me. I also still love my Susan Bates embroidery hoops. I do have a scroll but it doesn't keep the fabric tension tight. How do those who have the millennium frame frog the backside when knotted? LOL!!! Both your projects are looking great:) love Annette

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  28. I am quite evrastile when talking about hoopsor frames ..when stitching on Aida I usuallystitch in hand but with evenweave or linen i use "Old Fashioned" round wooden hoop with the smaller projects but my Q-sanps with medium or large size of projects.. Both your stitchings look pretty .I am so much in love all frensh deigners like M.Chantilly,talala,Tournicon or C.Mon Monde ..

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  29. Lovely stitching. I stich only with fabic in my hand. Stitching on the hoop is harder for me. I've never tried q snaps. Mybe this will be a good idea. I should try.

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  30. Cute stitching!
    Didn't know they had 6" Q-snaps. Although, I too, cross stitch in hand. Use the Q-snaps for needlepoint canvas. A little rough on the hands.

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  31. Although I have several sizes of Qsnaps, I tend to use the 8" ones the most if at all. I stitch in-hand quite a bit. I'm sure you'll get used to them. I like the tension they provide. Your WIPs are turning out quite nicely.

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  32. Your stitching looks just wonderful, these are going to turn out nicely. I just ordered some Q-Snaps to try out, most of the time I use the old woodenor metal hoops and I want to try something different.

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  33. Adorable finish. I have never use Q-snaps, always on hoops if I ever needed one. Thank you for visiting me.

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  34. Hang in there Justine I think you will get the hang of it soon. I'm the opposite I have tried and tried and tried stitching in hand (just because it's so portable LOL) but I cannot for the life of me do it. And yep 612 is an awesome colour for a hen!
    xo Alicia

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  35. Adjusting to hoops/qsnaps takes time. I somehow often manage to balance my work that I can stitch two handed.

    Your stitching is looking lovely.

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  36. Lovely stitching Justine.

    I only use my frame when I'm stitching my HAEDs. You will soon get used to using it I am sure.

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