Whew. I have a cross-stitch finish and I couldn’t be happier.
Here is my completely finished Forever and Ever by Brenda Gervais of With my Needle and Thread.
I look a ton of pictures hoping to get it all right. It’s really hard taking pictures of cross-stitch pieces. Even with antiglare glass, it still glares when a camera is involved.
The stats on this piece are…I stitched it on 40-count Eureka by Fox and Rabbit. I used all the called-for colors of thread EXCEPT…not the blue for the birds. The called for were light green and bright teal. I wanted the birds to look more like the pattern cover which was blue.
Instead, I used Weeks Dye Works Dolphin and Weeks Dye Works Blue Suede.
I started this some time ago as a simple start thinking I would stitch on it every month on the 26th which is our wedding anniversary. I decided I would rather just stitch the whole thing and did.
The directions called for Symrna Cross stitches on some of the letters. I ended up doing Algerian Eyelet stitches instead as I accidentally started making them and then decided to just continue with them.
Although I VERY much love the piece, what I love even more is that I framed it entirely myself. It’s not perfect but good enough for me.
I have sent a few things out to Total Framing. I’ve sent a couple of things to the local cross stitch shop. Everywhere I send things, it takes FOREVER to get them back…plus, it costs a lot of money too. Pieces are typically $200 or more for finishing. PLUS the sixth month or more wait is just terrible. It sucks all the excitement of stitching something out when waiting so long.
I watch both Olivia from Pumpkin Hollow Quilts and Kim from the Contented Stitcher on Youtube. Both of them buy thrift store frames and cut them down to frame their own pieces. It’s been so fun watching them from episode to episode and seeing their great progress. In one episode they finish stitching and in the next episode, they show something completely finished. Impressive.
I wanted to do that so…I watched videoes from them both telling some “how tos” and I gave it try.
I wrote a blog post earlier this week to show you how I downsized the frame. You can read that HERE.
Here’s my cost breakdown on framing this piece.
$2.50 for the frame via the thrift store
$8.56 for the glass
It took me about three hours total between making the frame and lacing the piece. I’m really guessing that this would have cost right about $200 to have it custom framed plus postage or gas to get it there.
I did buy THIS clamp. It was only $12 and I will use it again and again. The rest of the equipment I had here.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier. Of course, this was my first piece so there is more learning to do to get really great at this. This might have just been beginner’s luck but I am definitely going to be trying this again and again and again.
In real life, the frame has more brown tones to it. The frame isn’t bad for being plastic. In person, it doesn’t look plastic at all. So color me happy to have a finish at a reasonable price!! YAHOO!!
My anniversary is on the 26th and my goal was to have this done by then. I met my goal.
I suppose I should show you how it looks on the sampler wall…
It’s looking better all of the time!!
So goodbye framing shops…I’ll wait no more!!