The Mythic Crafts Trestle is the 3rd version we've built - the first one wasn't very practical to build, and not as sturdy as necessary. The second version was much better - it is very functional, and is in the hands of two customers and Mary Corbet from Needle 'N Thread. The third version which we are now offering is exactly the same as the 2nd, except there are now more holes for a larger adjustment range. The foot design has also changed, with the joint for the two pieces being visually more pleasing, stronger, and easier to assemble.
When Tarryn (Mark's Wife) first tried the V2 trestle sitting on a kitchen chair, the lowest adjustment position still seemed too high. When one of our customers received her trestle, she reported the same thing. As such, there's an extra 100mm/4" of adjustment to the height, all on the low end. The adjustment range was originally based on researching other trestle offerings, and ensuring our range of adjustment was the same as the minimum-maximum offered by every other trestle. Mary Corbet also supports the additional positions for adjustment based on her embroidery style/seating position.
The Trestle is assembled using brass thumbscrews so you don't need any tools to put it together.
If you have issues with finger strength, for this campaign you will also receive hex headed bolts with a cushioned T handle driver at no extra cost.
Every bolt is exactly the same size and length so you don't need to figure out which bolt goes where. Any bolt can go into any position.
The frame rails are mounted with a simple clevis pin held with a large hairpin cotter pin for quick and easy adjustment.
All of the thumbscrews thread into metal inserts set into the wood of the connecting part. The metal inserts will not wear out like threaded wood does.
The buffed Danish Oil finish increases the moisture resistance and hardness of the wood. This means the trestle's wood is more stable and less prone to damage than raw wood, as well as resisting spills of water and marks from handling.
The trestle is made from solid European Beech hardwood sourced from sustainable forests in Germany, the same as our embroidery frames.
Rear Brace Bars
An optional extra for the base trestle, the rear brace bars tie your trestle sides together. With the brace bars in place, your trestle will not fall over or even need feet. The rear bars are adjustable, giving you a choice of width.
Small Frame Support Bars
If you want to use a small frame with your trestle, you'll need something to support it. The optional support bars mount on quick release blocks that in turn mount on the regular trestle rails.
The support blocks have a lever on the side which, when depressed will lock the block to the trestle rail. This allows you to move the support bars to wherever you desire along the trestle rail, using very little effort to lock the block in place.
The inside of the blocks is a hand cast rubber pad to protect the trestle rail, as well as provide grip so the block will not slip on the rail. The top of the pad is made from the same rubber and provides a non-slip surface for the frame support bars to sit on. A wooden lip at the front and back of the block make sure the support block won't slide off, especially when the trestle is set to an angle.
Your trestle can be used whilst sitting or standing. The rails can be tilted to allow you find the optimal working position that is comfortable and ergonomic.
Height is adjustable in 20mm (3/4") steps.
With Rails Flat: 740mm to 1040mm (29" to 41")
Maximum Front Height: 1040mm (41")
Maximum Rear Height: 1265mm (49.8")
Minimum Front Height: 720mm (28.3")
Minimum Rear Height: 740mm (29")
Maximum Angle: 30°
Angle at Lowest Height: 2.5°
Maximum Angle at Maximum Height: 17°
Specifications below are only relevant when using the rear support bars.
Adjustable in 30mm steps.
Minimum Width: 640mm (25.2")
Maximum Width: 1060mm (41.7")
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 have standard sized heavy duty boxes for all of our standard sized items, with enough space fo copious amounts of bubblewrap (never packing peanuts!)