Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Multi-size, Free-standing Table Top/Lap Needlework Tension Frame

The past couple of months, I've been designing, perfecting, and using a table-top frame system...made from PVC pipe and fittings. If you follow my blog, you know that I'm a HUGE fan of Q-snap type frames because they hold tension nicely after you wrap the under-side pipe. They are easy to adjust and light to use.
The only real problem with them...aside from the "wrapping need"...is that they don't stand alone. My shoulders have started to bother me because I do so much stitching and holding large hoops for crazy quilt work. So, there just had to be a better...and cost effective way.
I have found what works for me...and think it might work for you too! So, I made a couple more and have them for sale on my Etsy page. I'll make more if there is a need.
They are for sale in two forms...a FULL KIT and a PARTIAL KIT.
The full kit has all of the parts and assembly instructions. The partial kit has only the clamps and assembly instructions. No special tools are needed for the full kit. 
Or, if you are a handy gal (or have a handy pal) that prefers to cut your own PVC pipe and get your own fittings...you can just buy the partial kit and get the tension clamps and assembly instructions and save a few bucks. But, you'll have to spend your own energy getting the other parts, cutting the pipe, and use your gas shopping.
Either kit has EASY TO USE instructions...complete with photos (not just words).
The Needlework Tension Frame does not require wrapping the bottom frame to get a good tension.
The frame comes with two sizes (12 x 12 inches square, and 12 x 9.5 inches rectangle)
The frame sits on a table (in three positions) or in your lap.
Tension is adjustable, but holds well when set.
Can be assembled as a standard hand-held frame as well.
The frame also makes a great display for your work at guild meetings, sewing bees, craft shows, etc.!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a fantastic invention! I have a Q-Snap hand held frame but have to admit I don't use it for the very reasons you mention. It's just too uncomfortable to hold in mid air.

Mary Ann Tate said...

Wow! Such a great idea. I find when I use my Q-Snap frame I have to prop it on something like a table edge so both my hands are free.