Like I mentioned before, my Shallan project is full of firsts for me in the world of cross stitch. Before this project, I didn’t use any sort of hoop or frame to hold my project, I did it all in-hand. With something as small as 28 count, and working with waste knots (for the first time!) you almost have to use a frame. Luckily, I love my Q Snap! I use it on all of my projects now. The 6″ x 6″ size is perfect for hand-held projects, but for this monstrosity it feels a little too small.
So, in the spirit of firsts, I decided to use Pam Reid‘s tutorial to make my own lap stand!
It is very straight forward and was easy to understand, my frame only took me a few minutes to put together.
Since my finished piece is a little over 18″ square, I decided to make my working frame 20″ x 11″ so I could work on a few pages at once. I prefer to work in one color at a time rather than square by square. All pieces are 3/4″ diameter PVC pipe. Overall, this project only cost me around $20.00. Click here to see a full cost break down of my project so far.
6 x 90° joints
2 x 45° joints
2 x T joints
4 x 2″ length
2 x 8″ length
3 x 20″ length
2 x 11″ length
1 set (of 2) replacement Q Snap clamps, 8 1/2″
1 set (of 2) replacement Q Snap clamps, 14 1/2″
And then all that’s left is to assemble! And maybe make a pretty new grime guard (:
It’s my sleepy kitty’s favorite place to sleep.
Edit: I was having some problems with my joints coming undone ALL the time, so I used some (water soluble) tacky glue spray in the joints and stuck it back together to dry. Solid as a rock now! But also temporary, in case I want to change out the size at some point (: