I am still rotating the same 4 projects and after the retreat added another on so 5 on the go. I am still working on Christmas Cottage a design by Dona Gelsinger and charted by HAED. I almost have another page finish so that is encouraging. Mill Hill Santa is fully crossed and I am adding the beads. It is looking great but oh I hate beading. Disney Beauty and the Beast looks good the plant and background barrier is where I focused. So much BS and boy does it highlight the design. Whooligan's hangout by Glendon Place is coming along well. The tree and owl all finished. Fence is started as is the path.
Then I started an embroidery canvas. It was at my LNS and I just fell in love with the design. I have not done much embroidery but I am having a great time with all the different stitches and some of these fun specialty threads. I am using Pepper Pot silk, Silk Lame', Velvet threads, Metallics, and regular DMC. I also put on a few beads because they in that area they needed that extra something.
The Question for this month is Do you use hoops, stretcher bars, lap stands or Q snap frames and why?
I use Q-snaps I think they are the best thing to happen to my stitching in years. They hold the fabric on all sides, and they hold it tight like I want it to be. If I need to loosen the fabric so I can work the thread under the stitches on the back I can do so with out taking it completely of. It is also 100 times easier to get the fabric on the frame then is was with hoops. I can also use my lap stand with the Q's and that way stitch 2 handed.
I will not be able to participate next month. I will be gone on a business trip and not have access to the internet.