Tuesday, December 10, 2013


... which is a very good place to leave your money. It doesn't matter whether it is a professional framer or a soft finisher. They have your back. They make your work look like a million bucks!

We foster a lot of finishing jobs, particularly for needlepoint and we have seen some doozies, work by customers where we have offfered a free class so that we don't have to encounter repeat problems. Regardless, the piece comes back from the finisher and the flaws are drastically reduced. (We still push the customer to take a class since the flaws cannot be totally removed.)

My framer, Picture Yourself in Chelmsford center, has a beautiful array of moldings. I seem to be having a love affair with a particular one:

It's a bit rustic, but picked up a level by the rather distressed gold filet. Here is my current contribution to a local business that I love, "PARADISE LOST" by Plum Street Samplers, worked in silk on 40 count linen. My husband ran over on Saturday and picked it up for me. I'll have to call Bobbi and Ivana  and tell them how much their work means to me.
Here it is in its entirety:

I am just wild about the flora and faua represented. Click on these pictures and you can enlarge them. I do have to share a major oops that I made. I started in the bottom center and worked up and then away. As I went higher, I turned the piece upside down...and also my chart. I was busy inscribing the "What is this that thou hast done" and the surrounding solid blue ribbon. Upon completion, I turned my piece right side up, and the charts (this is a many paged piece) also. Then I worked on the giraffe and was appalled to discover that the head of the giraffe was out to the left of the blue ribbon. When I actually focused on the scripture, I discovered that the word  THIS  had been forgotten. Apparently when I turn things upside down, it all becomes abstract Greek to me. If I had colored in my chart, I wouldn't have been so flummoxed. Ignorance is not bliss. Substantial ripping occurred.

I think I was so comfortable with the molding, as I had lived with a narrower gauge of it AND a filet of the same material on another piece:
This is a much better representation of the character of the molding. I hate to describe it as a kind of a bad veneer matching, but that's how it looks...without the negative connotation.
Here is that piece, "Rainforest Revisited" by Needle Delights:

Be grateful that we have amazing framers and finishers and send them some love...or some more money! We need to keep them in business.