People of the world…I DID IT!!
I took a thrift store frame and I cut it down to fit my cross stitch piece. Oh, my word. I am dancing in the street (actually my kitchen) over here in NE Iowa.
I have always wanted to do this. When my husband was alive he would do it for me but, I was too chicken to do it myself and never did it. This blog post is proof I used power tools and did it myself.
This was my frame. I paid $2.50 for it at the thrift store.
I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take more pictures but honestly, I didn’t think it would work and I wouldn’t be blogging about it but miracle of miracles, it worked and now I’m regretting not taking more pictures so I could really explain it. I will next time…PROMISE.
I measured my cross stitch piece and then measured where I wanted to cut the frame. I put masking tape on the frame and drew the cutting line. I’ll explain this all better in another post. I did this on both sides I was cutting.
My frame was the right width so I was only cutting two sides.
This is the chop saw I have. It’s similar to THIS. I figured out how to orientate the blade to a 45-degree angle. I aligned the blade to the line and cut…see??
I moved the blade deck the other way to the opposite 45-degree angle and cut again.
Now it was time to reassemble it and see it if worked. My frame is actually plastic so E6000 was my best bet to get it back together. I also had this clamp that I bought because a flosstuber suggested it.
This is the clamp. I ordered it specifically for this from Amazon. You can find it HERE. It was only $12. It was VERY easy to use.
The clamp has four corner pieces that go it each corner of your frame to hold it together tightly.
I put just a little glue in the two corners that needed it and then I put the clamp on.
I was so impatient. While it was drying I laid the whole frame clamp and all over my cross stitch piece. It is going to work. Happy dancing ensued all over my house.
It is not 100% perfect…but it isn’t bad!! From the front it looks AWESOME…from the back, there are a few flaws. Remember I said the frame was plastic? Well, when I had to break the corners from the cut piece, the back cracked a bit but is completely not noticeable from the front so it’s all good with me.
Before I call it completely finished, I’ll fill it in.
The piece already had a sawtooth hanger so I pulled that off and reattached it as when I use it, the frame will hang horizontally instead of vertical.
WOW…color me HAPPY!! My figuring out how to do this ranks right at #1 for the best things I learned how to do in 2022.
My frame is ready…not I am off to take to the glass store so they can cut a piece for me.
Hopefully that’s not too expensive.
Watch the blog for a big reveal coming soon, I hope. I have to get the glass and lace my piece.
Man oh man, if this could all work, I’ll be one happy cross stitch gal!!
MANY-MANY thanks to Kim Goldman the Contented Stitcher and Olivia from Pumpkin Hollow Quilts. I had no idea how to do this myself until the two of them started talking about it on their flosstube channels.
Watch out thrift stores…I’m buying some more frames. I want to have a nice selection to choose from when I frame my next piece!! YES. There will be a next time!!