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Thread: Fons and Porter design wall

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    Super Member Roberta's Avatar
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    Does anyone own the Fons and Porter design wall that's advertised in the Connecting Threads catalog? It looks like something I could use but it doesn't say what the wall is made from. The size is 60" x 72", good size, and is rather reasonable at $19.99. My DH made me a design wall out of a very heavy piece of lumber that would take Hulk Hogan to lift so I have to put it on a chair to use it. This looks easier to handle.

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    My design wall is a huge piece of batting hung on a rod held up by two nails the wall. Works awesome and it's cheap!

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    My design wall is a plastic table cloth that has a white cotton back. I just put it on the wall with push pins and the squares stick to it.

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    Yes I bought it. All it is is a flannel backed plastic with a square grid you can see thru the flanned so it is a thin layer.
    It has grommets at the top so you can put it on a thin curtain rod. A cheap table clothe is just as good and alot cheaper.

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    I bought it for my sister for Christmas... she's unsure whether she will use it or not... I liked it... it is fabric and has a grid on one side. It has large grommets in the top so it can hang. They recommend using against a flat wall so it will work best. I don't have a wall that big so I gave it to sis!

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    I don't have Fon's and Porter, but my DH made me one out of foam core from Home Depot, it is 1/2 thick. covered it with a dense batting or felt type and you can stick pins in it. It is really light. Love it.

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    I don't have a wall big enough for one so I have to use my floor..000

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    In my shop I have a flannel sheet hung on the wall.
    Works wonderful, can be washed, and was free from the linnen cabnet.
    Barbie

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    I covered a big sheet of insulboard (it has a silver backing) from Lowe's, about $8 on sale, with felt. I stapled it to my wall and it's fantastic. It's easy to cut the board to make smaller design boards.

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    Thanks to all who replied about the Fons and Porter design wall. I have a flannel backed table cloth on one wall but thought this might be easier to hang up in another room that my new empty nest has left for me but I guess I'll save the money and use the large one and the one pinned to the wall and spend the money saved on material instead ;-)

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    I DON'T HAVE A DESIGN BOARD SO I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE ALL OF THEDE GREAT IDEAS. THANKS :thumbup:

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    I also attached my design wall by putting up the 3M velcro strips and hooks that do not take the paint off the wall, or require large holes to be put in the wall.

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    I use a $7 tablecloth, works great!

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    I see that this question is pretty old, but wanted to respond in case you hadn't purchased a design wall just yet. I have limited space in my home so my hubby took PVC pipe. He made it large but you can cut it down to whatever size you want or have the store cut it for you. He took 4- 8foot lengths and 4 corners to make a large square frame. Then I took some Warm & Natural Batting 96" wide (or you can use felt, sold at Hancock or Joannes) and wrapped the batting around the top pole and sew'd it so it won't slip off and did the same to the bottom pole. When I want to use it, I just hang it on the wall right over my pictures and when I am done, I remove both side poles and roll up the batting onto the top or bottom pole with my project still on it. It keeps everything in place and no wrinkles. I don't have to keep taking it on and off. It stores very nicely under my queen size bed. Hope this helps someone. Kathy P.

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    Great idea and I'm printing it off for DH to make me one. I like that it can be removed when needed without much fuss. Thanks for this info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sit'n & Stitch'n
    I see that this question is pretty old, but wanted to respond in case you hadn't purchased a design wall just yet. I have limited space in my home so my hubby took Kathy P.
    Can you post a picture of this I'd love to make one but I do better if I can see what it looks like... Sounds great

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    Sure it is so easy to do. I will get a picture of it tonight and do my best to get it posted. I am a visual person too!

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    I don't have enough wall or open space on the floor for a design wall. I don't use one and I just follow the pattern in a book - they turn out great.

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    Speaking of the F&P design wall, check out Katie Pederson's great blog Sew Katie Did and this very nifty idea to expand your design wall space (is there ever enough?!):
    http://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/201...-artist-to-do/

    I have a one block wonder up on my main design wall getting sorted into its final shape, and that is taking time...what a great idea to have a second wall rolled up that you can use for projects you have on the go so you don't disturb a slower, long term effort that is already up there!

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