After wondering if I should or shouldn't for over a year, I bought a new floor stand to hold scroll rods. There was nothing wrong with the old stand but it wasn't very scroll rod friendly and worked better with a hoop. So after the box arrived I spent time staining it and assembling. I am going to go back to it after I stitch this piece and stain it again as I really want it darker but I had to get moving on this design. It's made of hard maple so the stain isn't taking to it as well as I had hoped. But then again, no one said I had to stain it either. . . . .it comes sanded and ready to use.
While I enjoy the freedom of stitching in hand, my work looks better in a frame and I love having my hands free. I need to get back to stitching. . . . . .something fun is waiting for me on the flip side of that chart!