Crowd Funding: Slate Frames

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Heirloom quality, handmade wood embroidery slate frame for fine hand embroidery, beading and cross stitch. These frames are made in the United Kingdom from European Beech, with 2 finishes applied for an extremely tough, hard wearing frame.

The slot in each end of the frame allows your work to be locked in place by the tension on the dowel as the fabric is stretched in the frame, no stitching is required.This process allows the fabric to be drum tight and stay tight throughout the stitching of your project. No readjusting is required once the work is laced with sufficient tension down the sidebars. This is much faster than a traditional slate frame's lacing to webbing. It also has the advantage of keeping your fabric much flatter as the fabric exits the top/bottom bars at a very similar height to the top of the sidebars.

What Size Do I Require?

This has been one of our most common questions. If you're still not sure what size you need, please send us a message with your project size and we'll be more than happy to help you figure it out!

In short, your fabric must be narrower than the Working Area Width of the frame, usually by at least 30mm (1 ¼"). Your fabric can be longer than the length, however, if you're working with fragile threads (eg: Goldwork), beads (eg: Couture), or raised work (eg: Stumpwork) your project should fit within the maximum length.

Here's a direct comparison of the frame sizes. The width is considered between the two Side Bars and the length between the Top/Bottom Bars.

Frame Size

Working Area Width
mm (inches)

Working Area Length
mm (inches)

300mm (std) 218mm (8.58") 100-230mm (3.93-9.05")
350mm (std) 268mm (10.55") 100-280mm (3.93-11.02")
450mm (std) 368mm (14.48") 100-380mm (3.93-14.96")
550mm (std) 468mm (18.42") 180-470mm (7.08-18.50")
850mm (large) 770mm (30.31") 474-764mm (18.66-30.08")

Your fabric width must be smaller than the Working Area Width, however, it can be longer than the working area length, as you can wrap excess fabric around the end bars. Your fabric will stretch as you lace it to the sidebars, different fabrics stretch different amounts, so I can't offer a good suggestion for a margin, however, 30mm (1 ¼") is a good starting point.

When considering the length of the frame, it will depend on your embroidery style. If your embroidery is fragile (eg: Goldwork), has beads (eg: Couture/Tambour) or is raised (eg: Stumpwork) you'll want to make sure the whole project will fit within the length of the frame so you don't need to roll your embroidery around the bar, which might damage it. If you are needle painting, cross stitching or working other flat embroidery styles, you can safely wrap excess fabric around the end bar.

Rear side of frame shown with Aida cloth wrapped around it.

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