The week before last, I posted an article about needlework stands from Needlework System 4, a company in Florida. And this week, we’re gonna continue my series with a peek at the Lowery Workstand. Lowery Workstands are manufactured in the United Kingdom, but they’re available worldwide.
A couple of months ago, I splurged and bought their stainless steel model as a Christmas gift to myself. Admittedly, my experience with them is limited, but so far, I’m reeaaaallllly impressed!
Lowery Workstands have a similar backstory to the Needlework System 4.
Instead of a brother/sister duo, though, this company’s roots are a husband/wife team. You see, Rosemary Lowery was an avid embroiderer and, in 1986, she asked her hubby, Keith, to build a stand for her embroidery frame for her birthday. Of course, he obliged and “the result – after a good bit of trial and error – is the Lowery Workstand that is available today”.
Lowery Workstands are still hand made on the Lowery’s pig farm in North Lincolnshire – and it’s still a family business. Pretty cool, huh?!
Here’s a picture of Rosemary using her Lowery Workstand…
Rosemary’s original stand is still “alive and kicking” according to the Lowery website. 🙂
As you can see from the picture, there are different ways that you can use the Lowery Workstand. In fact, the above image shows two work stands holding a slate embroidery frame.
Earlier this week, I posted a new Needlepoint TV™ video about Lowery Workstands. Click here to hop over and watch my demonstration on how easy it is to set up.
The thing that appeals to me the most about Lowery Workstands…
is how easy they are to use.
If I’m stitching in my favorite chair and the doorbell rings, it’s easy peasy to push the Lowery aside so I can hop up to see who’s there. 😉
Honestly, it doesn’t seem like that should be such a huge thing, but, as it turns out, it is!
Instead of having to wrangle my front-of-chair stand out from under the chair so I can shove it out of the way to get up, I can simply swing the arm of the Lowery to the side of my chair and I’m up in a jiffy.
And it’s just as easy to settle back in to stitch. Sit down and swing the arm back into position, then commence stitching again.
Alrighty…. now let’s take a peek at the different options available to you.
First, let’s look at the Complete Silver-Gray Lowery Workstand.
It’s the most economical of the three models coming in at £90 (or $124.36 USD, current exchange rate). This functional steel needlework stand is built to be sturdy and simple to adjust. Here’s a picture of a Silver-Gray Lowery Workstand that is ready to use…
There’s also a powder-coated version available.
The Complete Coloured Lowery Workstand is a wee bit pricier, but if colorful needlepoint accessories make you smile, then you’re gonna be grinning from ear to ear when you see these beauties. (Jet black is a new color that is not in the picture below.) Powder coating is not the same as painting, so the finish on these colorful stands should be quite durable.
And in case you’re curious about what powder coating is, it’s a process that uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin to create a protective finish. To make the resin stick to the metal, there must be a magnetic attraction, so those finely ground particles of pigment and resin are charged with static electricity and then sprayed onto steel that is electrically grounded. The powder coating is then evenly melted and cooled into a thin, durable film. And Voilá – rainbow-hued needlework stands!
From sunshine yellow and tangerine orange to luscious lilac and flamingo pink, there are lots of options available! You’re sure to find the perfect match for your personality and/or your home decor. The current price on this version is £124 (or $171.34 USD, current exchange rate)
And finally, there is the Complete Stainless Steel Lowery Workstand.
This is the model that I have. I believe it’s the best option for me because I move my needlepoint stands around a lot. I take them apart and put them back together when I’m traveling and I think the stainless steel stand will hold up the best with heavy use.
The stainless steel model is £150 (or $207.07 USD, current exchange rate). The high polish on the stainless steel is quite attractive. I don’t mind leaving my Lowery Workstand out in the den. It takes up very little space and I’m smitten with how easy it is to use.
Here are some more pertinent details about Lowery Workstands.
You can modify all of the work stands to the following approximate adjustments…
- horizontal telescoping arm: 6 ½” – 9 ½” (160 mm – 245 mm)
- vertical telescoping pole: 20″ – 34 ½” (500 mm – 885 mm)
You may purchase extra-long “L” bars to extend the height of the vertical pole and the length of the horizontal arm. (NOTE: I am expecting the extra-long horizontal arm any day now. My stitching chair has very wide arms and I want to be able to use my new stand with a variety of different projects. The horizontal arm that comes with the stand is fine for most pieces, but I’m planning ahead.)
The Silver-Gray and Coloured models each weigh approximately 6.5 pounds (3.0 Kg). The stainless steel model weighs approximately 7.5 pounds (3.5 Kg).
I was quite surprised when the DHL delivery man dropped off my package…
Here’s a picture of the (rather small!) box that arrives at your front door when you order directly from the manufacturer.
And here’s what’s inside the box…
If this isn’t proof that simple is always better, then I don’t know what is! Oh – and there’s also a set of instructions. This is so easy to assemble that you probably won’t need them, though.
(NOTE: Please support our local shops. The Lowery website has a list of US sources for their products. The only reason I ordered directly from the manufacturer was that I could not find what I wanted in the US at the time.)
There are oodles of Workstand Accessories available…
and you’ll want to check them out on the Lowery website to see the different options. Since I don’t have any accessories yet, I don’t want to make any recommendations. (Hmmm… do I see an opportunity shaping up here? teehee!!)
I sincerely believe that the benefits of using a stand far outweigh the initial cost and I’m confident that you’ll find stitching more enjoyable when you use one.
Okey dokey – that’s all for now, my friend!
Thank you ever so much for popping in to read this week’s blog post. We’ll take a peek at some of the K’s Creations stands in a couple of weeks.
Until then, happy stitching…