I don’t know about you, but I’ve been needing the slow therapeutic nature of hand stitching for months now. Ever sine the beginning of covid-19 and all the lock-downs and social distancing. I have been torn between quicker stitching for profit sake, and slow, methodical stitching, for therapy’s sake. And, right now, it’s all about taking days, or even weeks, to finish a project and just enjoying the process without thinking about the bottom line of running a business.
Meet Harry The ‘Lil Red Squirrel!
He’s in the works and will take another week or two to finish and I’m loving every minute of stitching his reddish brown fur. I love his sweet little face and I love his body posture, jumping in mid-air. I’m not sure if I’m going to add anything else to this scene. What do you think? Flowers? Leaves? Share your ideas.
I also want to tell you about this embroidery stand I’m using in case you’re in the market for an affordable option. I got mine off Amazon. Oh and in case you’re wondering, I’m not being paid or reimbursed for this review. Not that I’d look down on that, ha! So, you can click here to find the exact one I purchased. Now, please keep in mind, I purchased this back in November but, for whatever reason, I just started using it a few days ago, so I can’t tell you the longevity yet. This product does have quite a few 1 star reviews, but thus far, I’ve not found anything wrong with the stand.
What I like about it.
It’s super convenient, the size is good, it’s great for when you’re sitting, and I just slip the bottom of the stand under my leg when using it. It holds the fabric nice and tight and allows me to take some story videos with one hand while stitching with the other.
You can adjust the height of the stand and can also adjust the part of the stand that controls the hoop, so you can kind of move it from side-to-side as well. It’s well made but I will do a follow-up to this review in a few months to see how it holds up over time.
What I don’t love.
I’d prefer a design that allows my hands more freedom when pushing the needle up through the fabric from beneath the stand. I’d also really like a stand that holds any size hoop. It also does feel a bit flimsy. Other than that, I’m happy with this purchase, especially for the price. Which, some may think it is pricey, but embroidery stands can go into the hundreds of dollars or more, depending on the size and design of the stand and the quality of the materials. So, for my needs right now, I’m happy with the stand.
Here are a couple stand alternatives if you’re looking for a more quality stand and don’t mind paying more. These caught my eye.
Cross Stitch Stand on Etsy by DiZay – click the link to go directly to this listing. Please note, picture credit belongs to DiZay on Etsy.
This really nice K’s Creations Baby Z-Frame Lap Stand by StitchVine on Etsy looks right up my alley and might be perfect for you too. In fact, had I found it first, I would have purchased this one. It holds hoops up to 13 inches! Please note, the photo credit belongs to StitchVine on Etsy.
The Stitch Ezi on Amazon looks like a nice lap option as well. Again, I’m not making any money recommending these products, nor do I have personal experience with any of them except the one I purchased off Amazon. Please click the link to view the product on Amazon.
And finally, if you go to Amazon or Etsy and simply type in embroidery stand or cross stitch stand you’ll be able to find more results and do your research to find the perfect stand for your needs and desires.
I’ve gotta get back to this cute ‘lil guy so I need to wrap this up now! I’ll be sure to show you what he looks like when I’m done with him.
Next up for review: The Rechargeable Book-light, which I hope to be able to clip onto my hoops for better lighting and to simply be able to see my stitches better.
I use one stand of floss and little stitches for the thread painting look and need more light.
What I’m most excited about are the three color settings to choose from and that it’s rechargeable! I’ll keep you posted.
Click the link to go to the product on Amazon.
What are your favorite embroidery tools and gadgets right now? Leave them in the comments below. I’d love to know.
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