You might remember last year when Covid hit, I stitched this…
I loved it the second I saw it and wanted to stitch it. I found it online and a kit was available so I just clicked the “buy the whole kit” button and it came in the mail…ordering online like that is so slick..and dangerous.
Well I started stitching immediately. I started with the diamond row. I was so nervous. I hadn’t stitched on 40 count linen much and I was so worried I wouldn’t stick with it. I started watching television more and more in the evening so I could stitch…I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed stitching…and the saying on this, so perfect with Covid and the year 2020.
Well, I finally finished it about 3 months later. I loved it.
Working on 40 count linen wasn’t a problem…stitching the tiny one thread of floss over one string of the linen was even okay. I was so proud of myself…but then it was time to finish it…and I stalled out.
I thought about getting it professionally framed but I was nervous about that. So I went to the thrift store. I found this frame.
I laced it.
I did a lot of work…
This is how it turned out. I loved the stitching. The frame I didn’t love as much.
It wasn’t a terrible frame but it wasn’t what I REALLY wanted. I wanted mine to look really nice. After all, to date, this had been the biggest piece I ever worked on.
I finished two more cross stitch projects and I saved some money, got brave, and sent them to a framer. I used Total Framing. Many floss tube cross stitchers use them.
It was a long wait but they finally came back…This was Newcastle Bouquet.
This was Take Heart.
I loved them. This was the look I wanted. This was exactly perfect for me.
It was expensive but I decided it was something I wanted to afford. I had gotten some Christmas money and I used that towards the framing. I told the kids they can give me money as gift anytime and I’ll use it towards framing.
Well…the piece the I finished myself ground and ground on me. The framing was okay. It wasn’t what I wanted and once I put the one I framed by the other ones that were professionally framed, I was embarrassed.
So, after a couple of months debating about it, I took the piece out of the frame and sent it to the framers. Being they are a distance away this is what they do to help you pick a frame.
They sent this picture…
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 is 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.”
Number 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 moulding scoops in just a little bit and it has a slight hammered finish that gives it 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.
So what would you pick?? I debated. I sent the pictures to Kelli. I showed them to Karl. We all kind of liked the #4 option. We all debated between #4 and #1. I ended up going with #4. Part of me wonders if I should have gone with #1. I don’t think there was a wrong choice.
It will be a couple of months before this gets completely finished and sent to me. I’m already anticipating it’s arrival.
So leave a comment…which one would you have picked??