I have been really ill for the past 3 weeks but am finally starting to surface again. I have managed to teach a couple of classes using the mini frames, which are a great way of completing a small project in a half day class. Trouble is those screws that come with the the frames seem to be very attractive to "Peskies" who really like them. They can disappear in front of your eyes.
The larger frame (approx. 4cm round) is the better one for beginners and the linen fabric looks good, but, I am liking the smaller ones as well. (3cm)
But they are small and the parts are small. Drop a screw and it is gone forever. This is stitched on cotton and there certainly is a difference. I think they should all be stitched on linen. Attaching the cord is a bit of a problem. I think that I will need to add a small metal ring over the shaft of the screw, that means a trip to buy some more supplies.
I have some ideas for making a range based on local flora and fauna for sale in our local gallery. I am thinking of adding them to key rings as another alternative. I think that I will also start some experiments coating them in clear resin. They will make a good sale item and are not too labour intensive.