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July 23, 1963
1. M. HARRIS ETAL
3,098,280
ART NEEDLEWORK FRAME
Filed Jan. 15, 1962
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JACK J. HARRIS
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nent of the frame, the section being taken along the line
3-3 in FIGURE 1;
‘20755 Donnybrook Road, Maple Heights, Ohio
nent showing the relationship of inner and outer reel
components when fastening material to the reel;
ART NEEDLEWORK FRAME
Ida M. Harris and Jack J. Harris, both of
Filed Jan. 15, 1962, Ser. No. 166,121
21 Claims. (Cl. 28--l5)
FIGURE 4 is a cross sectional view of a reel compo
FIGURE 4a is a cross sectional view of a reel showing
the material locked in place within the reel;
This invention relates to needlepoint apparatus for
FIGURES 5 and 6 are cross sectional views of modi
supporting fabric material while a design is applied there
?ed forms ‘of reel components in accordance with this
to by needlework.
10 invention;
An object of the invention is to provide needlepoint
FIGURE 7 is a sectional elevation of a portion of a
apparatus which is compact in size, light in weight, in
cross member of the frame and depicting a locking mem
expensive to manufacture, and attractive in appearance,
ber associated therewith, the section being taken along
Another object of this invention is the provision of
the line 7—7‘ of FIGURE 11; and
needlepoint apparatus ‘of the character indicated includ 15
FIGURE 8 is a sectional elevation of a cross member
ing a frame for supporting cloth, canvas, or the like to
be worked on and which frame can be hand supported
by a person doing needlepoint or embroidery work, or
mounted on a support base which advantageously allows
the user to employ both hands in working on the material.
Another object is the provision of needlepoint appa
ratus wherein material to be worked on can be readily
fastened to the frame by manipulation of frame compo—
nents alone and without the use of separate attaching
and depicting a modi?ed form of locking member asso
ciated therewith;
‘FIGURE 9 is a sectional elevation of a frame cross
member and ‘associated tension plate members, the sec
tion being taken along the line 9—9‘ in FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 10 is a perspective view, partially in section,
of a modi?ed form of tension plate members in accord
ance with the present invention; and
FIGURE 11 is a cross sectional view of the reel com
elements which are not themselves a part of the appa 25 ponent in accordance with another embodiment of this
ratus.
invention.
Another object is to provide needlepoint apparatus of
As conducive to a clearer understanding of certain fea
the character indicated wherein the frame is adapted to
tnres of the present invention, it may be noted at this
store material at opposite ends of a working zone of the
point that a variety of needlepoint devices including
frame and to be manipulated to introduce unworked
material progressively into the working zone and to re
move worked material from the working zone.
Another object is to provide needlepoint apparatus of
(frames and stand combinations have heretofore been in~
troduced for use in doing embroidery and needlepoint
work on material such as cloth and canvas.
Certain of
the needlepoint frames heretofore introduced comprise
the character indicated wherein the frame is so con
a ring type frame on which material is clamped and With
structed as to be adapted to be adjusted to accommodate 35 in the periphery of which a material working zone is
materials of different widths without removing or dis
provided. When the material within the working zone
assembling any frame components and wherein certain of
has been provided with ‘a desired pattern, or the bound
the frame components are adjustable to place material
aries of the working zone have been reached, the frame
in the working zone under tension.
must be disassembled and a new area of material mounted
A further ‘object of the invention is the provision of 40 on the frame within the working zone. Such an assem—
needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated wherein
bling and disassembling operation is time consuming,
the frame is adapted to be mounted on a support base
in spaced relation thereabove and in a manner whereby
unobstructed access can be had to the underside of mate
and, moreover, the material being worked on may be
come wrinkled and soiled or possibly torn by the clamp
whereby a person using the mounted frame can select
a working position most convenient to him, or a working
position most convenient for performing a particular
operation on the material in the working zone.
end of a working zone of the frame and introducing un
worked material to the working zone while removing and
ing action of the ring frame components. Further, dur
rial in the working zone substantially completely around
ing the working operation, the material hangs down about
the periphery of the frame to ‘facilitate working adjacent
the periphery of the frame making it more dif?cult to
the underside of the material.
manipulate the needle and yarn, especially when working
Still a further object is the provision of needlepoint
adjacent the underside of the material in the working zone
apparatus of the character indicated wherein the loca 50 of the frame. Rectangular frames have been introduced
tion of the frame above the base can be adjusted readily
heretofore which provide for storing material outside one
Another object of the invention is to provide needle
point apparatus of hte character indicated wherein the
spacing relationship between the base and frame is in
favor of providing compactness of the frame and base
storing worked material outside the opposite end of the
zone. With rectangular frames, heretofore known, when
ever material is supported at its opposite ends by the
frame it is often difficult to support the side edges of the
material adequately so that these edges are not free to
move ‘inwardly ‘of the working zone while the material
In this respect, the frames are not
working adjacent the underside of material in the work
adjustable to accommodate materials of different widths.
ing zone can be achieved substantially free from obstruc
Thus, material which is substantially narrower than the
tion by or interference with the base.
space between ‘opposed components is either not sup
Other objects in part will be obvious and in part
ported at all along its side edges or must be tensioned
pointed out more fully hereinafter.
65 by means of a lacing cord, adjustable clamps, or the like,
as ‘a unit and wherein the base is so constructed that 60 is being worked on.
In the accompanying drawing representing certain pre
extending between the material and the frame. Attempts
ferred embodiments of the present invention:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a needlepoint frame
have been made, also, to mount needlepoint and em
mounted on a support base;
lap or on a table or the ?oor so that a person using the
FIGURE 2 is a side elevation of the frame and sup—
port;
‘FIGURE 3 is a sectional elevation of a reel compo
broidery frames on supports adapted to rest on a person’s
frame can use both hands advantageously to do the
needlepoint work. It is di?icult with these stands or
supports, however, to manipulate the frame so that the
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latter is in a working position comfortable to the user.
Further, the frames generally are mounted on the sup
ports in a manner whereby the mounting means obstructs
access to the underside of the frame or interferes with
vided on the handle side of the reel to provide an abut
ment cooperating with washer 28 in which case the
handle could be omitted and the reel rotated by grasping
movement of the user’s hands in working adjacent the
and turning the sleeve. Further, the handle could com
prise an apertured element ?xed to the sleeve and termi
underside of the frame. It is most desirable to be able
to support the frame in a position overlying the lap of
nating adjacent the end of the sleeve whereby the rod
could terminate at the end of the sleeve and be provided
with a handle, or extend beyond the end of the sleeve a
distance sufficient for gripping and turning the rod.
adjust the frame to a working position most comfortable
Reels 11 are adapted to support opposite ends of
to him, and to other positions which might better position 10
material 15, and in this respect sleeve 18 of each reel is
the frame for the user to perform a particular operation
provided with a slot 29 extending longitudinally thereof
on the material or yarn.
and adapted to receive an end '15a of the material. Rod
An outstanding object of this invention, accordingly,
19 within the sleeve is provided with a longitudinally ex
is the provision of compact, high satisfactory needlepoint
tending slot 30 adapted to be aligned with slot 29 to
apparatus comprising a frame adapted to accommodate
receive material end 15a, as illustrated in FIGURE 4.
materials of different widths and support material to be
The outer diameter of rod 19 is slightly less than the
worked on in a manner whereby both worked and un
inner diameter of the sleeve 18, whereby the outer sur
worked material is stored outside a working zone of the
face 19a of rod 19 is in close proximity to inner surface
frame in a wrinkle free condition and so as not to inter
fere with movement of the user’s hands adjacent the 20 18a of the sleeve. Thus, when end 15a of the material
is inserted through the aligned slots and rod 19 is rotated
frame, which frame is adapted to be mounted on a sup—
relative to sleeve 18, the material end is pressed against
port or base in a manner whereby the working position
inner surface 18a of the sleeve by the outer surface 19a
‘ of the frame can be adjusted readily to suit the user and
of rod 19, as illustrated in FIGURE 4a. The slot in rod
in which position the underside of the frame is accessible
19 facilitates the securing of the material to the reel so
for working substantially free from obstruction by or
that the side edges 15b of the material are disposed
interference with mounting components.
perpendicular to the axis of the reel. In this respect, the
Referring now more particularly to the embodiment
material end 15a is inserted through slot 19a until the
represented in FIGURES 1 to 3, inclusive, there is pro
innermost edge of the material engages the inner surface
vided needlepoint apparatus including a frame 10 com—
prised of spaced apart substantially parallel frame com 30 of the sleeve 18. Assuming that the innermost edge 15c
and side edges 15b of the material are square, the side
ponents 11 and spaced apart substantially parallel frame
edges then will extend perpendicular to the sleeve axis
components or cross members 12 and 13‘ extending trans
and will remain so disposed when rod 19 is rotated to
versely of components ‘11 and de?ning therewith a work
fasten the material end in place Within the sleeve. The
ing zone 14 in which material 15 to be worked on is
rotatable component Within the sleeve does not neces
disposed. Frame components 11 are reels disposed at
sarily have to be a slotted rod, but can be of other forms
opposite ends of the working zone and rotatably sup
such as, for example, the paddle 31 illustrated in FIG
ported by cross members v12 and 13 which define oppo
URE 5, the tubular component 32 illustrated in FIGURE
site sides of the working zone. Cross member 12, which
may be formed of wood or plastic, is provided with aper 40 6, or the mounted books of FIGURE 11. In the modi?—
cation illustrated in FIGURE 5, paddle 31 hasan outer
tures 16 for receiving reels :11 and through which the
edge 31a adapted to be moved relative to the inner sur
‘reels extend, and cross member 13, also formed of wood
face 33a of a sleeve component 33 to press the material
or plastic, is provided with apertures 17 aligned with
end against inner surface 33a, and in the embodiment
corresponding apertures 16 in cross member 12 for re
ceiving reels 11. Each reel includes an outer sleeve 18 45 represented in FIGURE 6 tubular component 32 has an
outer surface 32a in close proximity to the inner surface
of metal, plastic, or other suitable material, and a rod
34a of a sleeve 34. Tubular component 32 is provided
component 19 disposed Within the sleeve for rotation
with a longitudinally extending slot 35 adapted to receive
therein relative to the sleeve for the purpose set forth
the material end in a manner similar to rod 19.
‘ hereinafter.
One end of sleeve 18 is provided with a
The embodiment of FIGURE 11 is provided for use
plug 20 having a central aperture 21 therein for rotatably 50
when the supporting material is of a very thin cloth, such
supporting a reduced circular end 22 of rod 19 which
as silk, which tends to slip in the mechanisms of the other
extends through the aperture. The other end of sleeve
embodiments where in a pressing action between the inner
18 extends through the corresponding aperture 16 in
component and the inner surface of the sleeve are relied
‘cross member 12 and is provided with a handle 23 by
which the reels, comprised of the sleeve and the rod as 55 upon for securing the material to the reel. The thin ma
terial end 15a is inserted into the device past hooks 75
a unit, can be rotated. Handle 23 has an aperture 23a
the user and it is quite desirable that the user be able to
extending centrally therethrough, vand a reduced circular
having sharp points 76. Upon rotation of the hook sup
porting generally semi-circular cross-sectioned inner com
end 24 of rod '19 extends through and is rotatably sup
ponent 77 within the slotted sleeve component 78, the
ported in the aperture 23a and is provided with a handle
25 by which the rod can be rotated relative to the sleeve. 60 hooks penetrate the cloth and thereby secure it to the
reel. The radius of the outside of inner compartment 77
Handle 23 includes a portion 26 extending radially out
and the inside of sleeve 78 are such that the end 15a of
wardly of sleeve 18 and providing an abutting surface
the material is positioned between the elements upon ro
27 to prevent cross member 12 from moving axially off
tation of the inner member out of alignment with the
the end of the sleeve. Another abutment component 28,
in the form of a washer surrounding sleeve 18 and suit 65 slot to tension the material 15. The hooks 75 are
preferably formed of metal and the supporting inner
ably secured thereto against axial movement relative to
component 77 of wood or plastic.
the sleeve, engages the side of cross member 12 opposite
Cross member 13 advantageously is adapted to be
handle 23. Thus, when handle 23 is in place on sleeve
moved axially of reels 11 whereby the width of working
18, cross member 12 is disposed between the handle and
washer 28 which preclude axial movement of cross mem 70 zone 14 can be adjusted for the frame to accommodate
materials of diiferent widths. In this respect, slots 36 are
ber 12 relative to sleeve 18.
provided in the cross member extending radially inwardly
It will be appreciated that the handle and washer
from apertures 17, and slots 37 are provided extending
arrangement described above is but one convenient
radially outwardly from apertures 17 to the corresponding
arrangement of parts serving to position cross member 12
outer edge of the cross member. Slots 36 and 37 open
on reels 11. Clearly, a washer element could be pro
into apertures 17 and divide the apertures into opposed
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substantially semi-circular openings, as illustrated in FIG
provided in the ?xed and movable plates, respectively,
and in positions wherein the magnet elements cooperate
upon closing plates 48 on plates 47 to releasably hold
URE 7.
Slots 36 and 37 also divide the ends of cross
members 13 into upper segments 13a and lower segments
13b. Fastener components in the form of bolts 39 and
wing nuts 40 are provided for drawing corresponding
upper and lower segments 13a and 13!) toward each other
plates 48 closed. One of the elements is a magnet and
the other element is formed of magnetic material. An
other form of holding means for releasably holding the
movable plate closed is illustrated in FIGURE 10. In
this embodiment a movable plate 54 is provided with pins
55 and a ?xed plate 56 is provided with apertures in
which are disposed resilient plugs 57 having a central
opening 53 smaller in diameter than the pins 55. When
plate 54 is closed on plate 56‘, pins 55 enter corresponding
whereby the semi-circular openings comprising the cor
responding aperture 17 move toward one another to tight
ly grip and frictionally lock the corresponding reel 11
against rotation. More speci?cally, bolts 39 extend
through apertures 41 in cross member 13, which aper
tures are provided in the cross member inwardly of reel
receiving apertures 17 and extend through slots 36 in
openings 53 in plugs 57 spreading the openings against
the cross member. By positioning the bolts inwardly of
the resiliency of the plug material which grips the pins
the apertures 17, the outer ends of cross member 13 can 15 to releasably hold plate 54 closed.
be disposed close to the apertures thereby promoting
In preparing the frame for use, wing nuts 40 are
compactness of the apparatus. The bolts, however, could
be positioned outwardly of apertures 17 and would func
tion in the same manner if so positioned.
It will be
readily apparent that bolts 39 and wing nuts 40, in pro
viding for adjusting the position of cross member 13 rela
tive to cross member 12, ‘further serve when tightened
to lock the corresponding sleeve 18 frictionally against
rotation relative to the cross members.
Thus, as de
scribed more ‘fully hereinafter, material disposed in work
loosened so that cross member 13 can be moved along
reels 11 to a position wherein it is spaced from cross
member 12 a distance ‘slightly greater than the width of
material to be mounted on the frame for working. The
wing nuts are then tightened su?iciently to hold cross
member 13 in place, but not so tight as to preclude
rotating reels 11. An end of the material then is inserted
in slots 29 and 30 of the sleeve 18 and the rod 19,
25 respectively, of one of the reels, and secured in the sleeve
by rotating rod 19 relative to sleeve 18. The other end
ing zone 14 of the frame can be placed under tension in
a direction transverse to the reels by locking one reel
against rotation, rotating the other reel to place the ma
terial under tension, and then looking the second reel
of the material is secured to the other reel in a similar
manner. If the material is of a length exceeding the
spacing of reels 11, one of the reels is rotated by its
against rotation. Although the bolt and wing nut locking 30 handle 23 to wind the material thereabout until only the
material in the working zone 14 of the frame is disposed
between :the reels, the movable plate members 48 of the
side tension devices having been raised previously so
that the material rests on the ?xed plate members 47.
means is preferred for locking the reels and cross mem~
ber 13 in desired positions, the locking means clearly
could be of other forms, such as the arrangement illus
trated in FIGURE 8. In this instance a cross member 42
The second reel then is locked against rotation by tight
ening the corresponding wing nut 40'. The ?rst reel with
having a reel receiving aperture 43‘ is provided with a
recess 44 in which seats a pad 45 of sutiable material,
such as leather or rubber. A threaded bolt 46 is pro—
vided in a threaded aperture in the cross member and in
cludes an inner end 46a adapted to engage or be suitably
fastened to pad 45. By screwing bolt 46 inwardly, pad
the material wound'thereabout is then rotated to place
the material under tension in a direction transverse to
40
45 is pressed into engagement with a reel extending
through aperture 43 whereby the pad and aperture co
operate to frictionally lock the reel against rotation rela
tive to the cross member and the cross member against
zone has been worked, plate members 48 are opened,
axial movement along the reel.
In needlepoint or embroidery frames wherein material
extends in a flat condition between spaced apart frame
components, such as reels 11, it is often desirable to have
means associated with the frame for engaging and hold
ing side edges of the material against displacement in
wardly of the Working zone. Accordingly, cross members
12 and 13 are provided with side tension means in the
form of ?xed lower plates 47 and movable upper plates
48.
Fixed plates 47 are fastened to the cross members
12 and 13 in recesses 12a and 130, respectively, and in
positions between reel components 11 and have a forward
portion 47a extending toward the working zone. For
the reels and this reel is then locked against rotation by
tightening the corresponding wing nut. Movable plate
members 48‘ are then closed and the pins thereon pierce
the material and enter the openings in the ?xed plates
to hold the material against displacement inwardly of
the working zone. When the material in the working
reels 11 are released to rotate, and unworked material
is fed into the working zone from the ?rst reel while
the worked material is fed onto the second reel for
storage.
50
In certain cases, particularly when the Working zone 14
is of a su?‘iciently small area, it may be economically
desirable to provide :the frame Without the side tension
devices. In this event, the other novel elements of the
needlepoint apparatus still are operative and will pro
vide the advantages of this invention attributable to their
respective functions.
7 Frame 14} preferably is mounted on a supporting base
60 by means of a connector component 61. Base 60‘ in
cludes a top member 62 of wood, plastic, or the like,
tending between reels 11. Movable plates 48 are piv
otally connected to ?xed plates 47 by means of hinge ele 60 having front and rear sides 63 and 64, respectively, and
ends 65. Front side 63 includes an arcuate edge 63a
ments 49 and are substantailly coextensive with and
which extends from points adjacent ends 62 toward rear
adapted to close on the ?xed plates to engage material
ward portion 47a is adapted to underlie material 15 ex
15 therebetween. Each movable plate is provided adja
side 64 to de?ne ‘an arcuate recess 66', which serves the
purpose set forth hereinafter. Legs 67 ‘are secured to
cent its outer end 48a with a plurality of pins 50 adapated
to pierce the material when plates 48 are closed on plates 65 top member 62 such as by screws and extend downwardly
47 so that the material is held between the plates against
displacement inwardly of the working zone 14 of the
frame. Fixed plates 47 are provided with apertures 51
(see FIGURE 9) positioned to receive corresponding
pins 50. Preferably, apertures 51 are larger in diameter
than the pins and are deeper than the length of the pins
to assure that the opposed inner faces of the plates fully
engage the opposite sides of the material. In order to
maintain the plates closed while material in the working
therefrom adjacent ends 65 of the top member. Legs 67
are of a length whereby the base can be supported across
' the lap of a person sitting in a chair or sitting up in a
bed. Connector component 61 is adapted to support
frame 16 in a working location spaced above top mem—
ber 62 of the base,_ and in a manner whereby the user
‘can work adjacent the underside of the frame substan
tially free from obstruction by or interference with the
connector component. In this respect, the connector
‘component is secured to top member 612 of base 61} ad
zone is being worked on, magnet elements 52 and 53 are 75 jacent one of the ends ‘65 thereof and to the cross mem
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ber 13 of frame 10. More speci?cally, connector 61 in
ing opposite ends of the material and cross members
cludes a ?rst connector portion 68 fastened to top mem
extending transversely of and rotatably supporting the
ber 62 and a second connector portion 69 interconnected
with cross member 13 such as by a bracket 70‘ suitably
fastened to cross member 13 and extending outwardly
therefrom to connector portion 69. Connector portion
68 includes a detachable ball receiving socket 71, and
reels and de?ning sides of the working zone, one of said
cross members being axially movable relative to the reels
connector portion 69 is provided with a ball 72, which
whereby the width of the zone can be adjusted to accom
modate materials of different widths, means on the one
of said cross members to lock said reels against rotation
and said one cross member against movement axially of
the reels, a base for said frame including a top member
ball and socket, when assembled, cooperate to pivotally
or swivelly support frame 10 above base 60. It will be 10 and legs extending downwardly therefrom, said top mem
appreciated that frame 10 is completely free from sup
ber having sides and ends and a recess extending from
port other than by connector component 61 and that
one of said sides toward the other side, and connector
the space between the frame and top member 62 of the
means adapted to support said frame in a working loca
base is unobstructed except for the connector which is
tion spaced above said base, said connector means being
disposed adjacent one side of the frame and outside 15 secured to said top member adjacent an end thereof and
the working zone of the frame. When the frame is in
to one of said cross members, the space between the
the working location, Working zone 14 of the frame over
frame and top member being otherwise unobstructed,
lies recess 66. Of course, the Working zone and the plane
of the material in the working zone can be disposed at
any desired angle relative to the upper surface of top
member 62 of base 60, and generally will be adjusted
to a position in which it is most convenient for the user
to work on the material. When the frame is in the work
the working zone of said frame overlying said recess
when said frame is in the working location, whereby said
recess facilitates working adjacent the underside of mate
rial in said working zone, said connector means including
a pivotable joint for adjusting the position of said frame
in the working location.
2. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated
ing location above base 60, recess 66 in top member 62
of the base facilitates working adjacent the underside of 25 in claim ‘1 wherein said reels include a rotatable inner
material in the working zone. 'Ihus, should it be most
component having hooks disposed thereon for engaging
convenient for the user to slant the frame downwardly
an end of the material and a relatively rotatable slotted
into the position illustrated in FIGURE 2 wherein the
outer sleeve.
lower reel of the frame is close to top member 62 of the
3. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in
base, the user can maneuver his hand adjacent the un
claim 1, wherein said connecting means includes a pivot
derside of material on the frame with relative ease be
able joint permitting adjustment of the frame relative to
cause of the recess in the top member. Thus, compact
ness of the apparatus is achieved without loss of accessi~
bility to the underside of the frame for working.
The ball and socket connection allows the user to ad
just the position of the frame in the working location
or to move the frame out of the working location and
into a position most convenient for the performance of
the supporting base.
4. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a frame for sup
porting material to be worked on in a working zone of
the frame, said frame including spaced apart and sub
stantially parallel reels at opposite ends of the zone for
holding opposite ends of the material, said reels includ
ing an outer sleeve having a longitudinally extending slot
a particular operation on the material on the frame. It
for receiving an end of said material and a rotatable
will be noted, too, that the detachable ball socket 71 per 40 component within the sleeve for pressing the end of the
mits disassembly of the frame and base for purposes of
material against the inner surface of the sleeve to hold
storing the apparatus or using the frame alone, in which
the end in place within the sleeve, a ?rst cross member
latter case the frame would be hand ‘supported by the
extending transversely of said reels and de?ning a ?rst
user.
side of the working zone and having apertures to receive
Although considerable emphasis has been placed here
in on the fact that the connector component between the
frame and base includes a ball and socket connection, it
is to be clearly understood that the connector may include
any suitable universal connection or take other forms,
such as, for example, a connector supporting the frame
in a ?xed position over recess 66, or supporting the frame
over the recess in a manner whereby movement of the
frame is limited to pivotal movements about an axis gen
erally parallel to the axes of reels 11. Further, the recess
in the top member of the base may have angular edges
rather than the curved edge illustrated herein. Still fur
ther, the side tension plate members on the cross mem
bers of the frame may be connected for movement rela
and rotatably support the reels, said reels being pro
vided with means to prevent displacement of said ?rst
cross member axially of the reels, a second cross member
extending transversely of said reels and de?ning a second
side of the working zone and having apertures to receive
and rotatably support the reels, said second cross mem
ber being movable along said reels toward and away
from said ?rst cross member and being provided with
locking means for releasably holding it in position rela
tive to said ?rst cross member, said locking means fur
ther serving to lock said reels releasably against rotation
relative to the cross members, said ?rst and second cross
members being provided with tension means for engag
ing material in the working zone at locations between
tive to one another by means other than hinges. In this
said reels to hold the material against displacement in
respect, the movable plate could be made to reciprocate
wardly of the sides of the zone, said tension means in
toward and away from the ?xed plate as opposed to piv
cluding a ?xed plate member on each cross member and
otally moving relative thereto. Still further, the con
a movable plate member adapted to close with the ?xed
nector component for supporting the frame above the
plate for the plate members to hold said material there
base could be connected to cross member 12 rather than
between, said movable plate member having pins for
member 13, still in accordance with the present inven
65 piercing said material and said ?xed plate member hav
tion.
ing apertures to receive said pins when the plate mem
As many possible embodiments of the invention may be
bers are closed, a base for supporting said frame includ
made and as many possible changes may be made in the
ing a top member having legs extending downwardly
embodiments herein set forth, it will be distinctly under
therefrom, said top member having sides and ends, one
stood that all matter described herein is to be interpreted
70 of said sides having an arcuate edge de?ning a recess
as illustrative and not as a limitation.
The invention claimed is:
extending toward the other side, and connector means
:1. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a frame for sup
adapted to support said frame in a working location
porting material to be worked on in a working zone of
spaced above said top member, said connector means
the frame, said frame including spaced apart substan~
being secured to said top member adjacent an end thereof
tially parallel reels at opposite ends of the zone for hold
and to said second cross member of the frame, the space
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between said frame and top member being otherwise
unobstructed, said frame overlying said recess when the
frame is in the working location whereby said recess
facilitates working adjacent the underside of material
supported by the frame.
5. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in
claim 1, wherein said connector means includes a uni
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of the material is pressed against the inner surface of
said sleeve.
14. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a needlepoint
frame for supporting material to be worked on in a.
working zone of the frame, said frame including spaced
apart substantially parallel reels at opposite ends of the
versal joint permitting adjustment of the position of the
working zone for holding opposite ends of said material,
said reels including an outer sleeve having a longitudinally
frame in the working location.
extending slot adapted to receive an end of the material
6. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a needlepoint 10 and means within said sleeve rotatable relative thereto and
frame for supporting material to be worked on in a work
ing zone of the frame, said frame including spaced apart
substantially parallel reels at opposite ends of the work
ing zone for holding opposite ends of said material, at
adapted to engage and press said end of the material
against the inner surface of the sleeve to retain the end
in place within the sleeve, and spaced apart cross members
extending transversely of said reels, and de?ning ‘opposite
least one of said reels including an outer sleeve having 15 sides of the working zone, said cross members having aper
a longitudinally extending slot adapted to receive an
tures for receiving and rotatably supporting said reels, ‘one
end of the material and means within the sleeve rotat
of said cross members being ‘adapted to be moved axially
able relative thereto for engaging the material to retain
of said reels whereby the width of the working zone can
the end in place within the sleeve, and spaced apart cross
be varied for the frame to accommodate materials of
members extending transversely of said reels and de?ning
different widths, said one of said cross members being
opposite sides of the Working Zone, said cross members
provided with means to lock said reels against rotation
supporting said reels for rotation relative thereto, one of
and said one cross member ‘against axial movement, and
said cross members being provided with means to lock
tension means on said cross members for engaging material
said reels against rotation.
in the working zone at locations between said reels to
7. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in 25 hold the material against displacement inwardly of the
claim 6 wherein said means within the sleeve includes a
sides of the zone.
plurality of hooks for piercingly holding the end of the
material.
8. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a needlepoint
frame for supporting material to be worked on in a work
ing zone of the frame, said frame including spaced apart
substantially parallel reels at opposite ends of the work
ing zone for holding opposite ends of said material, at
least one of said reels including an outer sleeve having
a longitudinally extending slot adapted to receive an end 35
15. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in
claim 14, wherein said means within said sleeve is a cir
cular rod having a longitudinally extending slot adapted
to be moved into 1alignment with said slot in said sleeve
to receive said end of the material, said rod having an
outer surface in close proximity to the inner surface of
said sleeve whereby upon rotation of said rod relative to
of the material and means within the sleeve rotatable
the sleeve, said end of the material is pressed against the
inner surface of said sleeve.
16. ‘Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated
relative thereto for engaging and pressing said end of
in claim 14, wherein said tension means include an upper
the material against the inner surface of the sleeve to
plate member and a lower plate member adapted to engage
retain the end in place within the sleeve, and spaced
material in the working zone therebetween when said plate
apart cross members extending transversely of said reels 40 members are closed, said lower plate member being ?xed
and de?ning opposite sides of the working zone, said
to the corresponding cross member and said upper plate
cross members supporting said reels for rotation relative
member being hingedly connected to the lower plate mem
thereto, one of said cross members being provided with
ber for movement relative thereto ‘and provided with pins
means to lock said reels against rotation.
for piercing and holding the material, said lower plate
9. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in 45 member having apertures to receive said pins when the
claim 8, and tension means on said cross members for
plate members are closed, and means to releasably hold
engaging material in the working zone at locations be
said plate members in the closed position.
tween said reels to hold the material against displacement
17. Needlepoint ‘apparatus of the character indicated in
inwardly of the sides of the zone.
claim 16, wherein said holding means for the plate mem_
10. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in 50 bers includes a magnet in one of the plate members and
claim ‘4, wherein said tension means include an upper and
an element of magnetic material in the other plate mem
a lower plate, one of which plates is ?xed to the corre
ber, said magnet and element being cooperatively posi
sponding cross member and the other of which plates is
tioned relative to one another when the plate members are
movable relative to the one plate and closable thereupon,
closed.
said upper and lower plates being adapted to engage mate 55
18. Needlepoint apparatus comprising a needlepoint
rial in the working zone therebetween when the plates are
frame for supporting material to be worked on in a work
closed, said movable plate being provided with a plurality
of pins for piercing ‘and holding said material, and said
?xed plate having apertures for receiving pins when the
ing zone of the frame, said frame including spaced apart
substantially parallel reels at ‘opposite ends of the working
zone for holding opposite ends of the material, said reels
plates are closed.
60 including ‘an outer sleeve having a longitudinally extending
11. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated
slot for receiving an end of the material and a rotatable
in claim 10, and means to releasably hold said plates in
component Within the sleeve for pressing the end of the
the closed position.
material against the inner surface of the sleeve to hold the
12. Needlepoint apparatus ‘of the character indicated
end in place within the sleeve, cross members extending
in claim 11, wherein said holding means for the plates 65 transversely of said reels and de?ning opposite sides of the
includes a magnet element attached to one of said plates
and an element of magnetic material attached to the other
working zone, said cross members having ‘apertures to
receive and rotatably support the reels, at least one of said
of said plates.
reels including means to prevent displacement of one of
13. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated
said cross members axially of the reels, the other of said
in claim 8, wherein said means within said sleeve is a 70 cross members being movable along said reels to provide
circular rod having a longitudinally extending slot adapted
for adjusting the distance between the cross members, said
to be aligned with said slot in said sleeve to receive said
other cross member being provided with locking means for
end of the material, said rod having an outer surface in
releasably holding it in position on the reels and for
close proximity to the inner surface of said sleeve whereby
releasably holding the reels against rotation relative to
upon rotation of said rod relative to the sleeve said end 75 the cross members, and tension means on cross members
3,098,280
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_for engaging material in the working zone at locations
between the reels to hold the material against displace
ment inwardly of the sides of the zone.
'19. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated
in claim 18, wherein said tension means on said cross
members each includes a lower plate member ?xed to the
corresponding cross member, and an upper plate member
hinged to the lower plate member and closable therewith
to engage said material therebetween, said upper plate
12
extending from the corresponding aperture, said fastener
component being adjustable to move the opposed recesses
of the corresponding aperture toward one another into
tight engagement with the corresponding reel.
. 21. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in
claim 18, wherein said means on said reels include spaced
apart labutment components mounted on said sleeve and
adapted to receive the one of said cross members there
between, one of said abutment components serving as a
member including a plurality of pins adapted to pierce 10 handle for rotating said reel.
the ‘material and said lower plate member having apertures
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to receive said pins when the plate members are closed.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
20. Needlepoint apparatus of the character indicated in
claim 18, wherein the other of said cross members has
slots extending radially of the apertures therein and open 15
ing thereinto to divide said apertures into opposed sub
stantially semicircular recesses, ‘and wherein soi-d locking
means includes a fastener component adjacent each aper
ture and extending through said cross member and a slot
378,901
707,353
1,302,421
Parcelle _______________ __ Mar. 6, 1888
Post _________________ __ Aug. 19, 1902
Okihara ______________ __ Apr. 29, 1919
711,148
Great Britain _________ __ June 23, 1954
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