Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Rest of the Story, Scroll Frames and More...

Honest, Mom, I really didn't mean to.....

Wait a minute! It wasn't me, it was Dad!!

To recap-
Frisbee with the dog...that's what DH was doing. Throwing it LOW for him so as not to hurt his hips. Notice how "low" it went for him in the tree? LOL Next, the rope ball -stuck; then the long handle brush -stuck; then the ceiling fan duster -stuck (which did eventually come down); still no Frisbee. Montana's dancing around with excitement, wondering when playtime starts again, DH is disgusted, and I'm laughing. Gotta keep a sense of humor...

Speaking of which, Zoe has contributed her "part" to my cake that I'd COVERED up and set aside to be iced (for the cake decorating class - who knew it would be so much work?!)

Mail this week was an absolute blast! First I received a wonderful treat from Faye. She heard how much I loved this design and sent this to me. Isn't it just so pretty? I love it! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness, Faye!

Terri featured a giveaway on her blog and I was one of the winners! Woohoo! So I received this darling little Brittercup chart from her. Thanks - it's so cute, Terri!

And last but not least, Jolene thanked me for a small favor by sending me this awesome With thy Needle and Thread chart and threads. I'd not seen this particular pattern before and it is adorable! And many thanks to you, Jolene!

And here's a blast from the past - a friend just sent me a picture of this XS that I'd done for her son back in 1990.

Changing subjects, I've had several people ask me for the directions to make the scroll frames I showed on an earlier post. These are Nancy's creation and she has given me permission to post the information. It is well worth making these; I absolutely love mine!

Scroll Frames - Nancy M.

If you can refer to my photos it will probably help http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/21/Scroll_bars

1 Buy a set of wooden toy wheels http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/21/Scroll_bars#5 2" X5/8" with a 1/4" hole. Mine were an 8 pack (I found mine at hobby lobby ) The ones my dad did for me are stained and varnished, the ones I bought I just use unfinished.

2 Buy oak dowels, mine are approx 2" diameter, you really want oak though because Pine will split on you!! You can cut the dowels to whatever size you need for you pattern. I have several here uncut and if I happen to have a pattern that I don't have the right size for, I just have hubby cut me the right size. Rarely happens now though since I have so many sizes. After they are cut to length, drill a hole in each end. This way you can screw in the hanger bolts.

3 You need 4 Hanger bolts 10-24 X2 (thats exactly what the package sayes) http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/21/Scroll_bars#3

4 You need 4 Tee nuts 10-24 X 5/16 -these are the silver things you hammer into the wheels so they screw onto the hanger bolts. There is a picture of the wheels with these in them. http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/21/Scroll_bars#6

5 You need 2 pieces of wood for the sides. Mine happen to be 9 1/2" long, by 3/4" by 1" and I have a second set that is only 7 1/2' long. I personally would like another set that is a few inches longer than 9 1/2", but I haven't done that yet. http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/21/Scroll_bars#7 You need to drill a hole in them for the dowels to go into.

6 buy double sided carpet tape. This takes the place of any basting material!!! You can make your material slightly bigger and cut off any "sticky" part when the piece is done. Personally I don't care because most of my things are framed or sewn into something else, so the "sticky" part doesn't matter. But be aware, there will be some residue. Cut the tape to the length of your dowel. It doesn't matter if it doesn't cover the whole dowel, there is enough tension to hold the fabric. I RARELY have to even tighten my material after beginning to work on a piece, it is like a DRUM!!!!! I love my scrolls and I hope I have helped any of you out there who would like to make their own. It is much cheaper than buying them. Nancy

Hope to see other scroll frame handiwork out there!

Carolyn


39 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Boy! You gotta love that stocking!!! The With My Needle pattern is really great too! Don't you just love those?!

Meari said...

You received a lot of great stitchy mail :) Too funny about the DH.. hahaha

Emily said...

Such nice gifts, like the kitty ones. The story about your Montana was great, he is one good looking dog by the way.

Parsley said...

Love the photos of your dog. So pretty!

Great stitchy stuff...I'm jealous.

anne-isis said...

I like very much the "tour Eiffel" sokc

StitchinKat said...

Wow, not a puppy any more! How's life going lately? Love your scroll frames!

Kathy said...

Wow, you have had a fabulous mail week!! So many wonderful goodies.

But my favorite part of the whole post is that gorgeous man who appears first. How can you resist that face? :) I'm sitting here chuckling at the story of the tree, DH and his frisbee.

by the way, has the frisbee come out of the tree yet?

:)

Kathy A. said...

Oh my - the face on that dog. Just too funny. Your captions are perfect.
Lovely gifts in the mail.
How wonderful to see an older cross stitch that is still loved.

Teresa S. said...

Wow! What a great surprise stocking from Faye-I just love those BBD stockings. But all the other goodies are a real pick-me-up-Congratulations!

Carol said...

Awww...your dog has the sweetest face, Carolyn!

Faye's stocking is just gorgeous--lucky you! And that chart from Jolene is making its way onto my "must buy" list!

Karen said...

Love the BBD stocking...how sweet of Faye! Love all of your other goodies too.

happy stitches....

Tricia said...

Oh, what fun stitchy mail!! Don't you just love surprises?? And I love the Montana story. It would have been priceless to see that!!

Moreen said...

Your dog is so gorgeous.
I love the stocking from Faye, lucky you.

Anonymous said...

Lovely gifts. Your dog is so cute.

Marl

Brigitte said...

Lucky you. All the gifties you received are just wonderful. Enjoy each of them.

Lana said...

Wow! You really did get some great mail!! And Montana! How cute!!!

Nancy M said...

Wow, you had an excellent mail week! All are great things. Love the "old" cross stitch! It's great to know they still treasure it. Hope your tree is letting go of Montana's favorite toys so he can play once again! LOL Thanks for posting the instructions on your blog....I never really thought about doing that and then I could of just posted the link when someone asked! That's a DAH (Homer S) moment!!!

DJ said...

Hi Carolyn! First let me thank you for the encouraging posts you've left on my blog. You've been so kind to leave so many thoughtful notes and they mean the world to me, so thank you! Love your blog!! Your "puppy" is so cute! And your DH really sounds like a dear, after making those lovely scroll rods...he's a keeper!! Love the prayer cross stitch, my favorite from a child as well, and the Eiffel Tower stocking is TO DIE FOR!! I think I know a woodworker who might be persuaded to make those scroll rods for me, though I might have to bake some cookies or something...LOL Thanks for sharing. *Hugs*

Lisa said...

Some lovely gifts there Carolyn, I love the Needle & Thread chart, the colours look lovely.

Daffycat said...

ROFLOL The dog always blames the cat in my house!

Love your mailbox this week. Especially that little beauty from Faye ~ wow!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great update! You must've been a very good girl!!

Alice said...

Lots of smiles over Montana's frisbee in the tree. : ))The cake looks yummy even without the icing. Such pretty goodies from all over. Its rewarding to see something you stitched so long ago being treasured. It makes it all worth it.
Alice

Lynn B said...

Carolyn, I love all of your works in progress and that beautiful little gift from Faye!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What great mail you got this week with lots of stitcy goodness!

Nici said...

What a nice stocking. YOur dog looks so sweet, I love it to take a look at your pictures

Siobhan said...

LOL at the frisbee story! Your pup is soooo handsome. Love the new stash, and the stocking from Faye is FANTASTIC!

Sherry said...

I love all your goodies! Enjoy them all!

DUSTY said...

The stocking is lovely Carolyn. Nice instructions for the scroll rods. My uncle made me a full set with all the sizes a long time ago. I love them. I still use Q-snaps for smaller pieces. I even have a floor frame that works with my scroll rods.

PegC said...

All sorts of gorgeous and wonderful treats C...and I love the one you did for the little boy. And THANKS for the instructions for the scroll frame...without a DH guess what I'll be doing this vacation!
PS. will any of the Monday night group be testing your cake baking abilities!

marylin & poussy said...

Hello oh this dog is too beautiful! He(it) has so love in eyes! That of beautiful photos I like very much your blog! Best regards mary

Hazel said...

Lovely stocking and great gifts you got too. x

Mare said...

Love your gifts and exchange items! Cute charts and the piece that you stitched in 1990 is darling! Glad to hear that your sweet pup spoke up and denied everything! You be surprised what my kitties get blamed for.

Wendy said...

What a nice picture of Montana :) He looks really not guilty :)

What nice gift you have received!

hugs,
Wendy

Lauralee said...

What a precious dog! and I love the instructions for the scroll frame ~ I'll have to see if DH will help me with this ;o)

Lauralee >^.^<

marylin & poussy said...

A young hello in passing and caress to the toutou
Best regards

Cindy's Stitching said...

you have received some great little stitching gifts. The dog is so cute.

Always smiling said...

Hi Carolyn

What gorgeous gifts you've received and I love those scroll frames I think I could make them myself.

And isn't your dog so sleek, do you brush him regularly? Beautiful

Chris x

KAY said...

Love the photos of your sweet dog. Looks so innocent.
Lucky you with the wins and the gifts, especially love the wee scissors.

sharona said...

Where do you get the pretty sissors? sharon let me know on your next post as i follow it all the time.or e-mail me.
Thanks!