The best of intentions….
I had planned to post every Monday – but a few Mondays got by without me noticing (and that explains a lot!).
Today’spost is a product review. On Mary Corbett’s blog (www.needlenthread.com) a few weeks ago, she mentioned Evertite stretcher bars. Around the same time, we were preparing to attend Seminar 2013 (Embroiderers Association of Canada) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. One of the instructors also suggested using these stretcher bars. Interested, I looked it up further.
Evertite stretcher bars are unique in that they have a tightening system built into them. I thought it wouldn’t make that much difference but wanted to explore it further – “see what all the fuss is about”. I contacted Evertite and they were kind enough to send me a “care package” – a sample of their stretcher bars and other products they carry. Well, the package arrived late last week, and I quickly opened it to look (every day is Christmas around here….). I instantly went through some of our canvaswork patterns to find one that would fit the sample size that was sent, and found Carolyn Mitchell’s April Flowers – I happened to have all the supplies except one or two (which are now on my order list!). I cut the canvas, assembled the stretcher bars (they are quite tight to begin with and it was a bit of a struggle), opened the packages of lovely large thumbtacks – these are a lot easier to put in than the regular ones! and popped my canvas on the bars. Then I opened the package with the tightening tool, and tightened the canvas.
Wow! It really does make a difference. With a few quick turns on each corner, the canvas became drum-tight! These could even be very useful when working on cross stitch or other counted work where the fabric needs to be stretched very tightly – eg a loosely woven or drapey fabric.We will be placing an order fairly soon – if you’re interested, let me know which sizes you’re looking for and I’ll be sure to include them in my order.