I thought I’d poll the audience for help on this reader’s question. I haven’t personally used the type of scroll frame she’s talking about for any of my needlework projects, but I thought some of you out there may have, so perhaps you can help her? Read on for the question…
Nean left a comment under Embroidery Hoops and Frames Review, asking the following:
I am new at using scroll frames and am hoping someone can help me, as the frame I just purchased came with no instructions. My project really called for a 14 x 24-inch frame, but I could only find a 9 x 24 scroll frame. It has slitted dowels at the top and bottom. These are the 24-inch long pieces. The side bars are attached via wing nuts. I have slipped my linen into the top and bottom, revealing the middle of my project; however it never seems to tighten sufficiently and I’m also wondering if the split dowels won’t snag my ribbon embroidery as I move it along? How do you attach your fabric? How do you keep scrolling it along? Any tips would be most appreciated! Thank you.
This is my answer (besides letting Nean know I would be asking you, too!):
My scroll frames have a canvas tape across the top (scrolling) bars. I attach my fabric to the tape, and then roll it as I progress. I use the wing nuts (which are usually more like three-pointed large plastic knobs for easy turning) to tighten the scroller bars after rolling the fabric.
I don’t think we’re using the same type of scroll frame, so I was hoping someone could help her out?
If you’ve used this type of scroll frame and can help us all out with a good tip, please leave a comment below!