Well, we just got back from another flight to Florida and I wanted share these pictures with you to show you how portable things really are!
|Contents of the zippered pouch: clamp, vertical bars, another pouch with all my threads and my needle book and tools and thimble case; the tube showing my wrapped fabric and horizontal bars|
|All set up in less that five minutes and ready to go!|
I have tried to stitch in hand and with just a hoop also and so far I am not so sure if I like the results so much - I guess I have been used to scroll bars and stretcher bars and the drum tight feeling of slate frames or similar frames like the Millennium frame above. It is less 'hassle' for me to have the frame set up and have both my hands free to stitch; I also prefer less wrinkles and 'handling/crumpling/rolling/holding' things in one hand and stitching with the other. The sewing method is not as accurate for me so far - the threads sometimes twist or my needle sometimes pierces the thread of the previous stitch etc. I guess I still have to practice and perfect the technique of sewing in hand or with just a hoop. I prefer the control on many things that a frame affords me - I can concentrate on the stitch and the tension and texture with a frame but find myself fidgeting a lot with stitching in hand. I will keep trying but I suspect that my conclusions will be the same as many times before. It is a matter of preference of course but I do want to continue practicing in hand for a bit longer this time.