Baby Z Lap Frame

by brae  

Working with French knots is different from working in cross-stitch or petit point in that it is easier if you have both hands free.  I've been working on the Bees and Trees rug without a lap frame, and it's hard not to start hunching forward as you work, balancing the hoop on your lap and completing each knot...not at all comfortable for long periods of time.

I bought a Baby Z Lap Frame since some fellow stitchers were talking about lap frames recently (here's the link to the vendor I bought from, but they don't show a photo of it).  Though the instructions for assembly were minimal, it went together easily enough.  I did have to sand it in a few rough areas, but all in all the quality is good.  It's a solid frame and has a base just 11.5" wide, so it is a comfortable weight and width for me.

It has a tray in the base for holding yarns and scissors.

Plus, it is adjustable in height, folding relatively flat for transport.

My beautiful chair...it's like stitching in a fast car.  Aw, yeah.  :D

So far, I really like the frame.  It will definitely save being hunched over while stitching.  The knobs on the clamp do get in the way a bit and I was going to try putting them on the bottom side with the set screw, but the way the clamp is designed, it isn't an option.  So, I'll just have to get used to them or get a shorter set screw and put that side up instead.  :]

Update: As requested, here's a photo of me sitting with the frame.  :]  Right now, I am working without the set screw and with the knobs of the clamp facing downward until I can get to the hardware store for a shorter set screw.

11 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]
Whoa, look how far you've gotten on the kit too. Vroom, advantage chair. Thanks for the handy link.
05/14/13 @ 21:07
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
As a leftie, I'm all "hell no" about those clamps. LOLOLOL.
05/14/13 @ 21:15
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) Yes, I've been stitching my standard amount, but it's a smaller rug than my recent projects. :D The frame is fully adjustable, so you'd just turn it the other direction, with the clamp on the right, if you're left-handed. :yes:
05/14/13 @ 21:19
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]
Nice tool for stitching! Hey, your RL house is just as nice & cozy as your miniature ones! Actually, it's a little hard to tell when your pictures here show RL scenes or miniature ones... :)
05/14/13 @ 21:42
Comment from: Thel;ma [Visitor]
Brea, could you add a photo with a person actually stitching with the frame? That would really help me visualize it better. Thanks!!!
05/15/13 @ 07:11
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D I've added a picture of me with the frame so you can see how it works. :yes:
05/15/13 @ 08:12
Comment from: Thelma [Visitor]
Thanks for the extra picture, Brae. Would you prefer this frame that is on top of your lap over and above one you sit on? I'm thinking of getting one and was wondering about that.
05/15/13 @ 08:22
Comment from: brae [Member]
I wondered about that, too, whether having it sitting on my lap would be unstable. But, I find it to be sturdy and stable. I'm able to rest the weight of my left hand on it as I work and it doesn't shift on my lap as I'm stitching. I've not tried one that you sit on, though, so I can't say anything about those. I'm very happy with this particular frame. :yes:
05/15/13 @ 08:26
Comment from: Valerie [Visitor]
Great job on the rug so far! Teresa Layman's DVD shows how to hold the hoop and use both hands (or fingers at least) to work the knots. It is slow going at first using her method but does speed up with time - no hunching either.
05/15/13 @ 12:38
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
A nice frame. It should make your stitching time easier!
05/15/13 @ 15:18
Comment from: Carolyn [Visitor]
Brae, that's the lap stand I bought a couple of years ago that I use for stitching petitpoint rugs. I love it except for needing to tighten knobs regularly. As for the lefty comment, she could turn the lap frame and the knobs would be on her right.
05/19/17 @ 09:54


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