Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I'm Back

Finally back from vacation! I came back on Sunday (actually it was more like Monday at 3AM), but I've been busy catching up at work.

What can I say about the trip? I spent one week in Calgary and managed to go to Lake Louise in Banff park and we even went to Edmonton to visit the West Edmonton Mall, which was huge. Between that, the Stampede and visiting the city I didn't have the chance to work on Flower Patch except in the plane. I'll put up an update picture in a few days.

What I do want to share today is what I brought back :) Whenever I go anywhere on a trip I always make a point of finding local shops for new Stash. I went to two places: The Stitching Corner in Cochrane and The Craft Connection in Edmonton. The ladies at both stores were so helpful. I managed to get 4 patterns that were on my wishlist and two that weren't.

There was so much stock in both stores that my head turned and I didn't know what I wanted lol. I ended up getting Athena by Mirabilia instead of Ring Around the Rose Tree which was on my wishlist, but that is ok. Athena is very pretty, but I'm going to have a hard time getting all the silks in Montreal.

However this is nothing compared to what else I bought. I've been looking for a stitching frame for a while now to do big projects. I've actually had to stop Castle in the Air because my Q-snap wasn't enough anymore. After a lot of research I had narrowed it down to the Millenium Frame or the Heartside Lap Frame. Would you be surprised if I told you that Heartside is not only a Canadian business, but is also based in Calgary ;)

So I contacted the company and they were very helpful. I was originally supposed to go to their workshop but in the end I went to The Stitching Corner a second time and was able to see their lap frame in person. I liked the look and feel of it so I decided to get it. Here it is set up with Castle in the Air:

First impressions, this lap frame is very solid. It's made from Canadian oak and it has smooth finish. It comes with a 20" scroll and I bought the 24" for bigger projects.

The only downside is that the fabric needs to be basted to the frame which I don't really like because it takes a long time to do and I can never seem to get the fabric taut. Someone recommended getting those stitch clips. I might do that if I can even find them in a store >_<

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