Saturday, October 11, 2008

Question about BAPs and Q-Snaps

DH and I have finally decided to get started on Long Dog's Paradigm Lost. We're stitching with DMC 823 (a dark navy blue) over 2 on 28 ct. Antique White. The piece of fabric we're using is 36x40 (which gives us a 5-6 inch border on each side of the piece).

I've already been advised to grid out the project using a contrasting thread, so I picked up a skein of DMC 666 to do the gridding with. Since it's one strand, I assume one skein should be enough to grid out the fabric (I've never gridded before either). The woman at my LNS assures me I should have no problems at all pulling the grid threads out once we're done with it. And we purchased a whole pile of the DMC 823 a while back so I know it's all come from the same dye lot and we should have plenty to get through the project. When I bought it, the stitchers at my old LNS said they used about 23 skeins for the project, but we bought 30 just to be safe.

This is by far the largest project we've ever taken on, and there's no way it's going to fit on our usual scroll frames. I have a very hard time stitching in hand - my hand cramps up and it's very uncomfortable for me, so we've decided to try Q-Snaps for this project. I've never used Q-Snaps before, so any advice on using them would be most welcome, as would advice on stitching a project this large. Do the Q-Snaps stretch out the fabric or the stitching? What's the best way to deal with the excess fabric not being stitched on? Is there a better way to stitch a project this large?

15 comments:

Vonna said...

Here's my Q snap Tip:
http://thetwistedstitcher.blogspot.com/2008/05/q-snaps-trick.html

Cramping arms suggestion:
http://thetwistedstitcher.blogspot.com/2008/02/saturday-update.html

Best thing I ever did for my arms, I started to get tendonitis in my elbow, my hands ached constantly and I have repetitive motion issues in my wrist...I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it...honestly I do...I'm thinking about purchasing a second one for my bedroom....

Teejay said...

Can you make your own scroll rods. I have done it before with rods from WalMart, they are quite long. Cut them down to the size needed and at Home Depot or Lowes pick up some 10-24 x 2" hanger bolt (brand name is crown bolt)these get screwed into the ends of the rods and are double sided screws. One end screw into the rod and the other end is a screw that is the right size for the type of knobs we use on the scroll frames. I actually have a bag of four of these and wouldn't mind sending it to you if you wanted to go this way, just let me know through e-mail at tajinaz36@yahoo.com

If you already have the extender bars for the scroll frame like these oak ones from joanne fabrics:

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3494&PRODID=prd2682

then the screws will fit through the holes on the extender bars. Also, if you already have a lap stand or floor stand this kind of scroll should work fine. I have a lap stand like this one:

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3463&PRODID=prd2684

that works great and with the length of your rods you and dh might both be able to sit between the ends of the lap stand on a couch while stitching if you plan to stitch together simultaneously, sweet. I just bought a second one of these with a Joann's 40% off coupon and got the whole deal, tax, shipping and all for $50 but better yet, they have a 50% coupon today.

Cindy said...

I am looking forward to seeing your progress on Paradigm Lost!

I agree with making your own scroll rods if you can. With a project that big, it is probably best to use a frame.

As far as the gridding is concerned...I have never used DMC so cannot comment on that part. The tip I have heard is to use Sulky Slinky metallic thread. I have used that on my HAED project, and it pulls out nicely.

Lee said...

I can't help you regarding the scroll bars. But I'll be watching what you do, because I have this project waiting in the wings, too!

I kind of winced when you said you were gridding with DMC 666, because whenever I need to frog something, DMC reds always seem to leave some red fibers or stains behind. When I grid, I use a light to medium gray.

Just a thought...

Donna said...

I agree with Lee. Don't grid your fabric with red thread. Any drop of moisture hits that red thread, and you'll be sorry. Because your fabric is antique white, I'd use any beige or light brown that is dark enough for you to see it easily.

I'd also recommend prewashing your DMC 823 and making sure the color won't run. With a project this size, the odds are you will want to wash/rinse it when you finished with the stitching.

Julie said...

This will be a lovely project to watch grow. Sorry but i haven't done a biggie before, i'll be starting the Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler 1st Jan and that will be a challenge for me.

Barbara said...

I just fold the excess material up and clip it under the Q-Snap piece - it keeps the fabric clean, out of the way, and the extra thickness under the clip keeps the project taut. Vonna's tips about keeping the project taut are great. Myself, I frequently just use white paper towels under the clip/over the linen for extra thickness and to make extra sure my stitching doesn't get squished. I've been using them for years and have NO compliants.

Lee mentioned the dangers of using red for your gridding, and I have to agree. I know DMC is colorfast, but tell that to the reds ....

Ruth said...

I can't wait to see your progress! I will say that it takes a while to get used to qsnaps because of the weight of them, but I did really like them when I was usuing them. I gave them up becuase they didn't cooperate well with my table stand.

Also, I'd not use the 666 to do your gridding. No matter what I do I always end up with stining and/or red fuzz even if the thread is only in the fabric for a very short period of time.

stitcherw said...

This will be an awesome piece and I'll enjoy watching your progress. I agree with the others on not using the red for gridding. While you may be lucky and not have any issues with it, the chance that it may bleed onto the fabric is one I don't think I'd want to risk. As to using Q snaps, the only trick I can think of is I put a piece of flannel between my stitching and the Q snaps. This helps it hold tighter, but also creates a buffer between the plastic of the Q's and the fabric and stitching.
Sue

Kathy said...

I love that Long Dog design. I agree with others, don't use the 666 for gridding. It might leave red residue. I have even used regular sewing thread instead of floss for gridding. I also make a copy of the pattern and color in the parts I have stitched as I go to keep me straight.

As for Q-Snaps, I used to use them, but now stitch in hand. Just need to remember to take them off when you are not stitching and it is best to try not to put the clamps on over already stitched areas. They do not distort the fabric like hoops do. Very seldom leave marks like hoops do. Good luck with your project.

diadsie said...

I was going to mention the red thread too-glad some others did. When I stitched all the time for charity, they would tell us to be careful with red-esp 666. Good luck on this gorgeous piece!
I tagged you on my blog because you always have great answers!

tammie said...

i am so rry that i have no advice all i can say is good luck and hope you enjoy looks a big project so have fun.

Deirdre said...

I love this pattern! I can't wait to see your progress.

Michele said...

wow! Can't wait to watch your progress on PL :) DH stitches too??

Pumpkin said...

I love their designs! I can't wait to see a progress picture :o)