Marlene asked :
In my stash, I have a Susan Portra Christmas bell pull that shows the faces of the three Wise Men. The canvas is 30″ long by 12″ wide. Because many of the stitches will be padded or embellished, a roller frame might crush the stitches. Using stretcher bars, I might possibly have a piece that is not easily transported short of putting roller skates under the end of it and dragging it down the street… lol It also might involve stitching from the side instead of having the piece straight up. A round embroidery frame or those plastic PVC snap on frames might distort the canvas. I have never stitched without a frame and am concerned that I would not smoothly stitch in the yarn’s plies if I worked it rolled up in my hands. How would you handle a long padded piece, Janet?
If there is padding, you shouldn’t work it in your hands. You can use roller bars, but you would need to put fabric (something thick) to protect the padding. Id use stretcher bars myself, even so.
I have a piece I’m doing that is on 24″ bars and it works, although I only work on it at home. 30″ bars are doable, but they can be heavy. That is helped by using a stand of some kind. The stand holds the canvas for you.
Does anyone else have some tips for Marlene?