Note: Choosing Urethane finish will delay your order if you do not have any other Urethane-finished frames in your original IndieGoGo pre-order.
Heirloom quality, handmade wood embroidery slate frame for fine hand embroidery, beading and cross stitch. These frames are made in the UK from European Beech, with 2 finishes applied for an extremely tough, hard wearing frame.
This frame has 250mm (11.75") long bars. This gives you a work area that is:
- 170mm (6.7") wide
- Adjustable from 84mm (3.3") to 194mm (7.6") long. Extra fabric length can be wrapped around the end bars.
- Adjustable in 5mm (0.2") increments
- The sidebars from all the standard frames are interchangeable if you own multiple frames.
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 side bars. 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 side bars.
To have a name or message engraved on this frame, please select the "Name or Message" option. Typically we use the "Great Vibes" font for engravings, other calligraphic fonts we have tried tend to have a poor "s" character in both capitals and lower case. You're welcome to specify any "free for commercial use" font you wish, however keep in mind that bolder fonts show up a lot better than narrower fonts. Font Squirrel is a great place to look at fonts, as all of them are free!
You can also have a logo, picture or even full width artwork engraved by selecting the logo option for engraving, I'll work with you after the purchase to ensure your artwork is suitable. Any greyscale image or black and white image can be engraved. Keep in mind that the total height of the engraving is a maximum of about 18mm (just less than 3/4") - that being said, we can engrave a huge amount of detail in that height very accurately.
All holes are precision drilled with a computer controlled drill which ensures the frame will not be lopsided, and that the holes are exactly the same distance apart on both ends. The mortises for the side bars to fit through are also precision machined with just enough tolerance to allow for finish thickness, and the expansion of the wood at different humidity and temperature.
Tight fitting steel cotter pins are used rather than wooden dowels. These last much longer, are easier to find replacements for if you lose one, and are much less likely to fall out. The pins fit within the holes on the side bars snugly, so they will not fall out or vibrate loose during travel or long term storage. Each pin is hand ground so it's less likely to scratch your work surface or catch threads/fabric.
To protect the wood, several coats of Danish Oil are allowed to soak into and cure in the wood, which stabilises the wood and makes it much tougher to resist dents and marking as well as visually bringing out the grain. The danish oil cures for several weeks to ensure it is fully hardened. Next several coats of extremely hard urethane gloss coating is applied, typically used for high traffic outdoor wood floors. This coating prevents any oils on your hands, moisture or dirt from making its way into the wood and being transferred onto your fabric, as well as preventing discolouration/damage of the wood from UV light if the frame is left near a window. The danish oil and urethane coatings are applied in an industrial paint spray booth to greatly reduce the amount of dust and other particles trapped in the finishes.
These frames are made and finished to retain their quality through generations.
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.
All of our frames list their "working area" in the description, here's a direct comparison. The width is considered between the two Side (Stretcher) Bars and the length between the Top/Bottom (Roller) Bars.
For the full guide, please see our page Selecting the right size frame for your project.
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We offer shipping via UPS (usually fastest and cheapest), Canada Post, Purolator (to Canada/USA), and DHL. You can select the service/rate you most prefer.
We have standard sized heavy duty boxes for all of our standard sized items, with enough space fo copious amounts of bubblewrap (never packing peanuts!)