Saturday, January 8, 2011


being housebound, I guess. I'm busily finishing some projects I started a LONG time ago. These last two days or so have been in the framing department. I used to beat a path to Hobby Lobby or my local framing establishment to have a piece framed.

Well, after having to remove a piece and re-frame it because it wasn't straight on line in the frame, I eventually figured out how to frame needlework. And sometimes not even using a frame!

Now, if it's a real "special" piece, I'll have a frame made. But, since I love the places anyway, I shop resale shops for frames. I buy them, bring them home and clean them up, trim a piece of acid-free foam board and go to work. My weakness is the brown paper on the back, but who sees that anyway? I've been working on "Red Thread" forever. Would you believe I actually found a frame a few weeks ago that is actually long enough for it?? Now I'm stitching 90 to 0 to get it in the frame and on the wall. And the red thread and the frame match. Just a good swipe with lemon oil will do the final trick.

Here are the finishes for the week. The needlework pieces are old--some are in aida (which is easier to get completely straight on the foam board). But they're finally completed. Just don't know where I'll hang them. Running out of space.

A little difficult to see! The top left I think is a Blackbird piece. Next to it is a very OLD Paula Vaughn. It will hand in my PV room. I wish I had done these pieces in linen. But......Below it is a piece of needle work I found in my fabby stash. Have no idea how old it is. The magnolia fabby around it came from my local quilting shop which has since closed. I bought some of the fab in every color they had. The brown fabby around the mags is just a piece I saw and liked. I'm not really a brown person.

The little" Fancy a Jane Day?" piece is new. It's from The Sampler Girl and will hang on my JA wall. The little frame I found at Goodwill and it was a mess. A little Old English stain cover and it was like new. I finished it with an antique button as Tanya suggested. Here's another shot:

And a few more:

Here's some oldies!! The kitchen sampler on the left is dated 1993, and I can believe it. The deer on the left is a Stoney Creek and I probably did it in 1997, when we moved into the house. We have LOTS of deer around here and it seemed.....appropriate. At the top is an old Snapper. It's a prayer by JA and will, of course, go on my JA wall. I used some stretcher frames, patchwork fabric and upholstery trim because the design of the piece wasn't really elegant. Here's a close up. Oh,and forgive the silly photo. I should have cropped it!

So that's about it around here. It's turning cold again. We have the wonkiest weather here: cold one day and warm the next. And it's supposed to rain again tomorrow. Just a little more coughing, sneezing and blowing...


Stephanie (Joie de Bayou) said...

Congratulations on your fine framing. I have been trying to self frame, but cannot get the linen straight (and with an even tension).

In researching the framing, they said to wet the brown paper and it would shrink when dry to give that tight finish, do you do it this way? With our high humidity, I was concerned about getting moisture in the frame.

Stephanie (Joie de Bayou)

Babs in Alabama said...

I love your blog, and I love Baton Rouge. I lived there for five years and two oldest dd's graduated highschool there; oldest one stayed behind when we moved and put a year in at LSU.
My best friend for over 30 years lives up the road in Denham Springs. A great job on the framing and happy dancing for you that you got some really old pieces framed. A great way to start a new year.


Maggie said...

Congratulations on your framing, and in finding the frames!
I tend to take my peices to be framed,I have never (as yet anyway) come across anything that i felt could be re-used, plus i'd probably make a complete hash of it, lol.

Love your blog BTW

Jackie said...

I'd love to learn to frame some of my finishes - even if it is only the smaller ones. You've done a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

Wow, congrats, you have done a beautiful job

Jan said...

Lovely framing...I envy you your skills!! Hope that you feel better soon!

Alice said...

As a matter of fact, I do fancy a Jane day!
Beautiful stitching Marion. I am glad you are on the mend.