Mary Corbet of Needle 'n Thread and Evan of Evertite Stitchery Frames sure know how to make a girl feel special!
I was blown away when I opened the box with the prize I'd won in Mary's Twelve Days of Christmas drawings. Look at this card--it was right on top of all of the colorful wrappings.
Right below it was the letter listing all of the goodies in the box. I'd expected a small box with the two sets of frame bars and a small tool. I'm still wowed by this extravaganza!
I set about unpacking and unpeeling yards and yards of plastic tape and bubble wrap, periodically running out to the kitchen where hubby was trying to make us some dinner and telling him he just had to look at this or that...
Here it is all unwrapped. In addition to the two pairs of frames, there were two tools, a bag of tacks , some little rare earth magnets and a large magnet in a holder--I'm not quite sure what that's for yet.
Here it all is so you can actually see it.
I haven't had a chance yet to put my Tanja Berlin needlepainting robin onto these bars but I'm sure it'll be wonderful. The project has been languishing because the fabric needs to be kept drum taut and so each time I take it out, I have to laboriously untack the very-closely-placed tacks around it and restretch it. By the time I do that, my stitching time is used up.
The centers on the bars are already marked, with nice long lines (not my random pen or pencil scratches i make where I hope it won't get on the fabric). They're beautifully made and very smooth. I can't wait to try them out.
They're available in the Chicago area at Designer's Desk. I know 'cause on a weekend trip out that way, some more sizes of Evertite Stitchery Frames jumped into my shopping basket and came home with me.
Thank you very much, Mary and Evan! You certainly made my week!