You all might remember that I stitched this piece, Seeking Refuge by The Scarlett House, back in 2020.
I stitched this just as Covid hit and was so thankful I had it to keep my mind busy.
I put it in a thrift store frame that I had painted and it was okay…but as I got two other of my pieces framed, I was a little disenchanted with this piece. I loved the piece. I loved the saying. I loved everything about it…except the framing. It just didn’t look the quality as the other framed pieces I had.
I decided to break the bank and send it off to be framed professionally. Many of the floss tube people recommend Total Framing. They are states away from me so I didn’t know how that would work but they are ones that framed two other of my pieces so I thought I would go with them again.
I previously wrote how they work through the selection process but I’m repeating it all here again as it’s been some time since I talked about it.
They sent me these pictures with descriptions…
There are five options. You can see them all in the photo above.
The laid my piece out with each of the frames. This is option #1…
This is the description that came with it.
“This one is a vintage-inspired black beeswax finish in a scoop shape with an antique silver lip. Clearly, our samples are a little beat up, but that warm brown edge is lovely with the brick house! ”
Here is #2
“This is actually almost the same frame as the first one, but the line on the outer edge is a little bit thinner and redder, and it has a plain cooler silver lip.”
Here is #3
“This one is slightly less antique feeling, but a gorgeous brown and black patriotic frame with stars and a greenish-gray wash over the design.”
Numbers 4 and 5 are combined in one picture. 4 is the plain frame. 5 is the frame with the light green inlay.
“4- It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but the top of this molding scoops in just a little bit and it has a slightly hammered finish that gives it a more vintage feel. Also a beeswax finish.”
“5- this is the same frame as #4, but with a glossy green liner that has a slender black edge on the inside of the lip that sets the needlework off beautifully. I know this is kind of a wild card since it’s glossy, but it’s so beautiful on it I had to send it. ”
All of them were in the same price range. The only difference would be #5. Adding that inlay would be much more.
I originally sent my piece to them in June. They called me when it arrived. Then in September, they sent me these frame options…then the wait was on…
Last Friday as I was in my hospital room waiting for the treatment dose of RadioActive Iodine to show up, my phone rang. I wasn’t treated yet. No one was in the room so I answered the phone. My nurse had just been in and said they were coming but they weren’t there so I figured it was okay to answer my phone. I ran to the closet where my phone was hidden away and answered. It was Total Framing. AH!! They asked how I was I was and I said actually, I’m in the hospital. I told him I was fine and could take the call. He started to insist that he’d call back later and I said NO!!
I got my credit card out of my purse and made the arrangements to have my cross-stitch shipped trying to hurry in case the doctors showed up. At this point, the doctor would have had to wait because TOTAL FRAMING HAD MY CROSS STITCH PIECE FINISHED AND MY WAIT WAS GOING TO BE OVER!!
So, I got confirmation from them that my piece would ship and should arrive on Tuesday. I thought what a perfect surprise to come home to.
While I had my phone in my hand, I had heard it beep with a text message just seconds before my phone had rung. I decided to read the message. It was The Stitchery Nook. My Anniversaries of the Heart was framed and I could pick it up. WOW!
I was doing the happy dance!! I was going to have TWO pieces framed and ready to hang. I was so happy. I quickly put my phone away and jumped into bed.
After waiting since June, now in January, it finally arrived. What do you think?? Was it worth the updo in frames??
They do a great job with the packaging.
Here it is all finished. Oh, I like it so much better.
The frame doesn’t look cheap. I thought it did before. I’m super excited to hang it on the wall but will wait until I have a little help. Oh, I just love cross stitch. Seeing finished pieces just makes me SMILE!!
I am so glad that I got back to cross-stitching. It’s one of the best things I did for myself.
I love the work Total Framing does…I really love it. But 6 months is a bit of a wait.
I’m off to get some more stitching done. I want to get my Floral Motif Sampler finished so it can be on my wall too!!