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Embroidery Tools – QSnaps Tutorial

QSnaps

After posting about the hoop stand and the QSnaps, some conversation was generated about the ease and nonease of using QSnaps. Some embroiderers say that they have difficulty removing the QSnaps when they have to reposition the hoop. I’ve never thought of that, and I think I know why.

Here is how I use QSnaps.

I place the hoop frame under the fabric to be embroidered.

1 Place hoop under fabric

Place a strip of fabric strip, maybe a light muslin, over top of the first side of the QSnap that is under the fabric to be embroidered.

2 Lay a protective fabric on the edge

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip.

3 Lay the QSnap in place

Center the QSnap over the fabric strip.

4 QSnap is centered over the fabric strip

Snap the QSnap into place.

5 snap down the QSnap

Here is the first side snapped into place over the protective fabric strip.

6 the first side is on

Then, moving to adjacent edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the second edge of the QSnap frame.

7 Work around the frame, lay the next edge

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip.

8 lay the next QSnap in place

Snap the QSnap into place.

9 Snap on the second edge

Here is the second side done. The protective fabric strips do not get caught by the next QSnap. Each hangs freely in the corners.

10 here are 2 sides done, the corner

Then, moving to adjacent edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the third edge of the QSnap frame.

11 the third fabric strip

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip. Snap the QSnap into place.

12 Center and snap the third QSnap

Then, moving to the last edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the fourth edge of the QSnap frame.

13 lay the fourth fabric strip

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip. Snap the QSnap into place.

14 position and snap the last QSnap

Here it is with all sides of the QSnap snapped into place. You can see all the edges of the protective fabric strips as they sit under the QSnap edges.

15 Snapped all the way around

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To tighten the fabric and pull it taut, grab the edge of the QSnap…

18 to tighten grab the QSnap

and gently “twist” outward, away from the center. The material tightens right up.

19 twist to tighten

Here is the fabric waiting for embroidery all taut in the QSnap hoop.

20 here it is all tight, taut

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To remove the QSnap edges, grab the strip of protective fabric…

16 to remove QSnap, hold it

and pull away from the QSnap frame in an outward direction. The QSnap edges come right off with no problems.

17 pull the fabric strip

I hope this helps to explain some of the mysteries of the QSnap quilt/embroidery hoop and its tight, snap down edges.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead and have fun!

———–Helpful Information——–

* I bought my QSnaps from Fiddlesticks – Hawaii

Find QSnap information (click here)

Find post Embroidery Tools- QSnaps and Embroidery Stand/Hoop Stand (click here)

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Embroidery Project-Original Sewing Pattern Purse-”Monkey Love” Sublime Stitching, Part 3

Find ”Monkey Love” Sublime Stitching, Part 1 (Click Here)

Find ”Monkey Love” Sublime Stitching, Part 2 (Click Here)

Hot off the iron! I just finished ironning the monkeys! It’s exciting! I feel like a live broadcast!

The monkeys, as we knew them yesterday, colored and awaiting the melting process:

As they were, waiting for the iron

The ominous iron. Heating…monkeys waiting for the hot sauna.

ominous iron

Making the paper sandwhich…and sheet of paper under the monkey material, and a sheet covering the monkey material.

making the paper sandwhich

Iron heated to “Really Hot”, 😉 cotton.

iron set

One last peek at the monkeys before the iron changes them forever!

Last peek

Hot iron pressing down hard on the monkeys.

Press the monkeys!

The tension grows. Will they make it? How much will they change? Will the highlight and shadow stay? Will the wax melt and make a mess?

Not much happens.

They smell.

The wax heats and melts. There is a strong odor of …melted wax… 😉 I hope the iron is still usable after all this?!

Some color starts to bleed through the paper!!

color bleeds through, lift off

Here’s the paper!

wax on the paper

How are the monkeys? Let’s take a look.Wh

post 1st iron monkeys

Whew! They made it! I thought the details might all smudge together and get fuzzy…or the wax would melt and add smudges everywhere…or the colors would appear differently than with just the raw coloring…but, no! They seem clear. They seem the right color. (The strong white highlight is gone, but it is melted in.)

I thought they needed another pressing. So, here is the second paper.

second paper

Don’t search too long. I couldn’t see ANY wax remnant on the second paper pressed and ironed.

Take a peek UNDER the monkeys. Did they leave any wax UNDER them?

Peek under the monkeys

I don’t see any wax or color on the back of the material or on the bottom blotter paper. I hope that is alright and the tint/color will stay in the material.

Here is the final tint on the fabric after 2 pressings:

both monkeys after 2 ironingsgirl monkey after 2 ironingsboy monkey after 2 ironings

Now to set it up with the QSnaps and get it ready for embroidering.

Getting the QSnaps!

Hubby made a QSnap holder for me. It’s a stand for hands free embroidery. I don’t have to hold the hoop while stitching. We saw a floor model in a store and he vowed to make one that would work with my style of stitching since I like to sit cross-legged anywhere and everywhere! I will post and write about the stand next!

Whoo hoo! I’m off to stitch the monkeys! I had a few emails saying that people were going to try the tint with crayon technique! Whoo hoo, they are trying it! Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

Find Giggleface Studios tutorial for tinting with crayons (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum with tinting with crayons information (Click Here)

Find Craftster forum about Sublime Stitching (Click Here)

Find Sublime Stitching, Jenny Hart (Click Here)

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