Framing…with a cheapskate

A month or so ago I thought I would cut out a project that I could do while watching television.  I thought I would start with something small so I pulled out this.


I have real issues with instructions saying mirror image and right side and wrong side so I ended up making mine inverted.  It’s all stitched and ready for framing so I started looking for frames.  I am a cheapskate so I wasn’t going to the framing shop.  I bought this frame for fifty cents at the thrift store….


I had plans to paint it black and frame the wool piece in the frame.   I got side tracked and a couple days past.  I was at the thrift store again and found this frame for fifty cents.


I couldn’t pass it up.  I love this chunky frame.  I painted it black and wa-la.  This is how it turned out!  At first I thought the frame might be too big but I like it.


There are a couple dings in the frame but I am hoping that it looks okay.  Maybe I’ll call it a primitive look.

I did the framing using a Lapel Stick.  It worked WONDERFULLY!!  It was quick and easy and I didn’t burn my finger on a glue gun.  I have been finding lots of good uses for those Lapel Sticks.  If you haven’t used them, they are glue sticks designed to use with fabric.

The pattern came from Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine Nov/Dec 2006.  I got a copy of the magazine at our thrift store a year ago and pulled the instructions and threw away the magazine.

I had a fun time stitching this.  Enough fun that I think I am going to pull out another stitching project.  Goodness knows I have more projects waiting for attention.

6 thoughts on “Framing…with a cheapskate”

  1. Jo, the frame is perfect and the project is precious. I have a space on my wall that it would go quite well if you ever tire of it.

  2. Cheri’s right – perfect – and the fact that you refurbished an old frame goes right along with the project itself. Nice!

  3. Jo,
    Love what you’ve done with your needle work. We PAY all the time for the primitive/worn look…all the jeans that you can purchase with worn spots…just to name one that comes to mind. Your 50 cent frame makeover is perfect for your newest accomplishment! Sandi

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