About two weeks ago I was cruising the internet looking for a slate frame. I had intended to purchase one from the Royal School of Needlework. However, according to their website, they are temporarily out of them and I needed one immediately to begin the Marriage Pillow project. On a lark, I decided to check Ebay. I searched for “slate frame embroidery” and up came a seller, BWH Designs, who produces both a 24″ and an 18″ frame.The frames looked good in the photo.
I wrote to inquire about what wood the frame is made from and the shipping costs to Germany. His reply came back quickly telling me the wood was beech and the shipping would be £20 for one frame and £26 for two frames.
The BWH frames cost £64.99 each. The RSN frames are £75. Shipping from BHW is £20 for one; the RSN is only £15 (to Germany. I don’t know about the UK or other European countries). So total cost for an RSN frame with shipping is £90 and for the BWH Designs frame with shipping is £84.99.
The BWH frames are £5 cheaper in total and I could get them immediately. On the listing, the frames are described as follows: “BWH Designs originally made these frames for the “Royal School of Needlework” who are renowned for only using the best and for producing some of the best work in the world, as well as training some of the most famous embroiderers to be found.”
I decided to take the (slight) risk and order two 24″ frames sight unseen. They arrived a little over a week later. They are exactly like the ones I used at the RSN this summer. They’re beautifully made and the service from BWH Designs was first rate. I am so pleased. If you’re looking for slate frames and need them now – or just want to save a few Pounds/Euros, I recommend these. He makes other needlework frames and it’s worth your while, if you’re in the market for a frame, to check out what he has to offer. He also makes wool organizers, flower presses and tabletop easels among others things. His products are high quality, his service first rate and he answers emails promptly. What more could I ask for?
I’ve been having a spot of bother with the IKEA Molger towel stands I have been using as trestles. They were too high to use the way I wanted to and the temporary fix wasn’t working – the frame kept sliding off and falling with a very loud crash to the floor, scaring my husband and causing me to say things I really shouldn’t say. I knew what to do to fix it, but was just being lazy. Well, with the arrival of the new frames and the Marriage Pillowe, I decided it was time to get organized.
All that needed doing was to drill 4 more holes in the towel racks so I could raise and lower it according to what I needed. I marked new holes 5 cm apart, Steve drilled them and now it works perfectly.
Tomorrow I’m going to frame up the Marriage Pillowe and get started on that. I haven’t forgotten about the design from the beautiful plate and I’ve made great progress on the Royal Persian Blossom. All of that coming up later this week! Now, back to my favorite pastime, stitching!