Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome visitor # 19, 550 from Keller, TX.
I see from the number of visits you must like my blog.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Using the Wooden Treasures stitching frame.

This is a video one of my satisfied customers made on how to load fabric on my stitching frame. 
A special thanks to her for this great video.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sara Guermani Christmas Window Stash

Tis the season for Christmas stash and this is one I picked up at Myrtle Beach when I was there.  Sara was there with her beautiful Christmas Cross Stitch and I love this one with the wooden button Santa in the middle.  This will be one that I can use on my 20 inch frame.  Don't you just love this fabric?

Serenity Harbor

This is such a beautiful sampler!!!  This is the newest design from By The Bay Needleart that is coming out for 2015.  I just love this one and it will be done on an automatic shipment each month for 12 months through various shops and billed through Paypal.  It is a must have for me and I just had to show it here.  It is very reminiscent of where my husband grew up in the New England area and I look forward to doing this gorgeous sampler.  I want to do this on 40ct Linen so I can use my 12 inch frame for this with my lap stand which will make it very easy and portable.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sturbridge Village WIP

Stitched on 36 ct Sand by Lakeside Linens with various silk threads. Stitched on my Ultimate Mini Frame by Wooden Treasures.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I have created a new page called "Usefull Info."
It contains useful hints, a link to a fabric calculator, links to PDF floss conversion charts and other information. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I just got the news that my Mom passed last night. She was a tough iron lady. Nobody could tell her anything. Dad passed in 2001 and she has done well since. She will be missed.May she RIP.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

From Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow

I really love this project and need to work on it once again.  It has the prettiest colors in it and it is stitched on 40 ct. Sand Dune by Lakeside linens with NPI Silk threads.  I got sidetracked and put this one away but it will be coming back out to be finished hopefully sooner than later.  I put this up for the time of year we have and it is not forgotten.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Elizabeth Sheffield by The Scarlet Letter

This is the project I took to the North Texas GTG last year. It was such a JOY to stitch and I was able to enter it into Nicola's Scarlet Letter Finishes for my contribution last year.  I used my 20 inch frame for stitching it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mary Bailey by The Scarlet Letter

This has been a work in progress for awhile now.  Mary Bailey is being stitched on 40 ct. Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens on this 20 inch stitching frame. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here is one of many project that my wife has finished. I made the frame from Peruvian rosewood. It is a very hard and closed grain wood.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Someone sent this to me a few days ago. It renews my passion of making wooden items. I do truly love making fine things out of wood, watching a piece of wood being transformed into a beautiful item. However I do have to spend more time doing woodworking around the house for my wonderful wife. We have a few new spring fix-up projects planned plus more riding on our scooters. Thank You all. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How they are made

I'm going to list some of my products and the number of steps to complete them.  Many of the machining steps require complex fixture setups. Some of these fixtures require hours or days to accurately set up. Any mistake will result in wood scraps.

Each fabric bar goes through 12 steps of machining or hand operations. If a mistake is made in the final operations the wood and many days and weeks of work is lost. The hand sanding to a fine finish takes a day to complete.

Each tension bar requires 18 steps of machining, many complex operations. The wooden knobs alone takes a day to complete. Final sanding takes several hours to complete.

The Table Top stand assembly consists of 11 individually machine pieces. There is a over 60 machining operations both my machine and hand to complete one of these. Many of these require complex setups.Fine sanding of all of the parts takes two days to complete.

Since some of these operations require a complex setup, I try to machine several parts at a time. This does affect the delivery, but also saves time for everyone.

The profit margin is very small. Actually for the time spent making these products, there is virtually no profit. What I do enjoy is the look and feel of the finished product. Many hours are spent hand sanding the wood using various grades of sand paper until the wood is very smooth.

Based on all of these variables it is impossible to give a fixed date of completion. Completion times vary by many factors, many out of my hands. I can only give an educated estimated delivery date.

Mistakes cost everyone time and money. I work slowly and carefully to avoid this.

I have spent weeks and months designing these all of these products to make them easy to use and last a life time. Many have been designed using AutoCAD to ensure all parts fit and work together. All of my products are guaranteed against breakage with a free part replacement.

 I don't have a big shop or people working for me. I have to make every piece one at a time. Some days I have other things to do or just don't have that creative mindset..

Just read this and try to understand what  "hand made" means.

Thank You,

Saturday, October 5, 2013