Trevelyon’s Pocket – Setting up on my new trestles!

Sometimes my unconscious works quietly in the back ground…Thank goodness! As I was colouring in the thread colours on the first edited design,  I got to thinking about assembling the pocket. After folding and cutting copies of the design, I worked out that the pattern would have to be altered in order to fold it into thirds to make the pocket. Once that was finished, I redrew the pattern again and the colour was finished in no time. Below is a photo of “the plan”. Of course, as I work it is very likely to change!

For this piece I’ve set up on a small slate frame from Jenni-Adin Christie. (18 inches x 18 inches) I’m going to be moving back to the USA on February 2, 2018 and I’m pretty sure I won’t be finished with this piece by then. Maybe…but unlikely! So I needed to use a frame that is small enough to fit in my suitcase. This one is perfect!

I’m also using – for the first time!!!- my new M.R.S. Embroidery trestles. As you know, we visited Magda and her husband on our trip to England in October.

The trestles have been stored against the wall in the study, taking up very little space, since we got home. Today I put them together in under 5 minutes.

I laid one half of the trestle on it’s side and slid the on one foot. Each of the four feet are clearly marked so there is no question as to which foot fits on which trestle. (see below)

Next I inserted the screw into the hole and, using an Allen wrench (which is provided with the trestles) I joined the feet to the trestle.

As few turns was all it took and I could tighten them easily even withy relatively weak hands.

Because my slate frame is quite small, I have used two side bars from a large slate frame I have to make a place for the frame to rest on the trestle. My standard slate frame would fit perfectly and I wouldn’t need these cross pieces. Pieces of wood would work just as well.

So how do I like the trestles? I love them. They are sturdy and beautifully finished. The hand waxed finish means that the trestles are smooth and not sticky from varnish, something I don’t like about other wood products I’ve tried. It’s quick and easy to put the feet on and take them off. I’m going to make a little bag for the screws and the Allen wrench that hang around one of the legs so I don’t misplace the parts when they are dismantled.

These are trestles that I’ll used all the time. I have other stands that I like quite a lot, but now that I finally have a pair of trestles, I remember why I prefer trestles to other stands – they’re stable and sturdy. Nothing moves at all. No wiggles and no bumps. I can rest my arm on the slate frame (as long as I’ve covered the fabric with acid free tissue!) and I’m more relaxed when I embroider.

M.R.S.Embrodiery is a small – really tiny – company in one of the most remote areas of the UK. Everything is lovingly made by hand by two people and their production is very small. Magda and her partner, Nick, have produced something quite special and reasonably priced compared to the other trestles on the market. They certainly are an investment and not within the budget of everyone. They’re something you save for because you know you’ll use them all the time.

I’m looking forward to using mine every, single day!

To contact Magda about a pair of trestles, visit her Facebook page here.

If someone in your family – or a group of someones – is looking for the perfect gift for you for the holidays, you might want to leave them a hint…Ho!Ho!Ho!


6 thoughts on “Trevelyon’s Pocket – Setting up on my new trestles!

  1. Hi Kathy.
    I do not own trestles, but was thinking of saving up for a pair. I am fairly tall and was wondering how comfortable it is for your back when you are sitting at your slate frame and trestle.
    These trestles look beautiful. Thank you for the post.

    • Hi Mary,

      I’m 6’1”and find them to be very comfortable. I don’t have them as high as they can go because o tend to lift and tense my left shoulder when the frame is too high ( my left hand is the one I have on top when I stitch).

      Hope this helps!

      Liebe Grüße,

  2. Hi Kathy,
    You do look relaxed – and happy. Is your right hand your dominant hand? I try to stitch with my left hand on top and my right hand (dominant) on the bottom, but when the stitching gets complicated, I cave and use my right hand on both.
    Looking forward to watching the pocket proceed. I followed your link to Trevelyon’s book and spent many happy hours reading and admiring. Thanks for all you do.

    • Dear Georgia,

      Yes, I am happy to be embroidering again! My right hand is dominant and it’s usually on the bottom. However, I practicing with my left on the bottom so I can work either way. It’s easier on my thumbs if I can alternate since the action is different. Slow going, though!

      Liebe Grüße,


  3. I have trestles purchased at RSN but they don’t seem to have the very neat ‘container’ that sits on the arm to hold equipment . Do you stock them ? I think there are fabric over metal arms
    Many thanks

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