On the evenings after work last week, I worked on getting my cross stitch piece, Come Let Us Adore Him, framed. Lots of people think framing your own stuff would be fun…and it is, but it’s also really putzy.
One night I find the frame, measure it, and cut it down. It has to be glued and then wait 24 hours and then the stain/paint touch up which means waiting another 24 hours.
I have found it works great to do this on work nights. I can get one step done, wait, and do the next step the next night. Then I can have the frame ready by Thursday when I have the day off and I can do the lacing and putting everything together then. It ends up working out pretty well.
I’ve gotten so I like small things framed rather than everything being finished as a pillow…pillows are great but framed pieces are almost more versatile. Here is my finish. Sadly I had trouble with the lighting. It washed out a bit. I didn’t realize that until it was already packed away. I’ll try to get better pictures once Chrismas rolls around.
Typically when I tell you about framing things I talk more about the lacing. This time I decided to talk to you more about how I measure to cut down the frame. This was an old frame I bought at the thrift store. This one was an antique frame. I love these narrow ones for small finishes.
I like to “frame my pieces tight”. I know it’s not everyone’s style but it’s mine. I don’t like a lot of space between the edge of the stitching and the frame. A half-inch will do just fine. That’s about what it will likely be for this piece. I consider it a “jack-pot frame” if I only have to make two cuts and this time, I think I hit the jack-pot. You can see by my standard, the frame, when placed this way is already the right width.
To figure out how I was going to cut it, I measured across my stitched piece. You can see it’s 5″. Then I flipped my frame over and measured the width of the opening on the BACK SIDE of the frame.
I wrote those two numbers down. It went from 5 to 6. Then I measured the height of the stitched area and wrote that number down. It was 2 5/8″. I figured the difference between 5 and 6 is 1″. So I added 1″ to 2 5/8″ to get 3 5/8″. That’s how tall I need to make the side pieces of the frame.
I took my sewing ruler and measured from the inside corner on the backside of the frame down 3 5/8″. I made a mark on the frame. Then I turned my ruler to the 90-degree angle mark and drew a line. That would be my cutting line. It’s SUPER important to draw the line at the correct angle. It’s easy to cut it in the wrong direction.
After the cuts, everything matched up perfectly. I put in a little glue and put the frame into my clamp. You can find the clamp I use HERE. I let this set for 24 hours.
I like having a product like Restor-a-Finish to spruce up the frames once they are ready. There are several different stain colors. You can find it HERE.
I let the frame dry for 24 hours to ensure it isn’t wet and won’t bleed onto my cross-stitch piece.
After that, I measured the opening, cut some matte board, and laced my stitched piece. I used the glass from the original frame and cut a piece of the glass to fit the new frame. I don’t use specialty glass on these small pieces. I use THIS TOOL to cut the glass. These small pieces aren’t heirlooms…just for fun and these pieces are okay with regular glass…or with no glass. There’s no rule on that, you do you.
Next, I use THIS TOOL to push in glazier points to hold everything in place.
There you have it!!
For those who are curious. This was stitched on 40-count Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linen. I used the called for colors. I think you’d have to find this pattern at 123 Stitch or on the secondary market.
This was a fun project and I am excited for Christmas to come and I can pull this out and display it. I am seeing that the time I spend stitching Christmas projects on the 25th of each month is paying off on some cute little finishes.