I totally forgot the non-glare glass, so I had to go with extreme angles because there's a nice big window with a lot of light that was reflecting all over the place. The mats are the colors from the sky and the star, and the frame has a lot of red which brings out the colors in the bricks.
I definitely loved this frame for this piece.
When we were trying out the colors of the mats, I told the framer that I wanted it over the edge of the design, up to the backstitched outline to the whole frame of the piece. He said he didn't recommend it, and we looked at mats with more space around the piece, and then he framed it up to the edge anyway. Which. Ok, I think the yellow should have been a little brighter then, but whatever, I'm still OK with the color.
I'm mostly happy with it.
And this guy advertised on his website that he frames needlework, and when I was chatting with him, apparently it had been his proverbial bread and butter through the 80s and 90s, tapering off in the last 10 years or so. So he obviously must know what he's doing right?
Which is why it kinda caught me by surprise to find out that he did most of the pieces dry-mounted.
Wait. What? I even asked him about lacing/pinning, etc. No, he dry-mounts small pieces and tapes larger ones.
So I'll never be back there.
Since Nick (the guy that I had frame my other pieces last year) is retiring/has retired, I figured I'd look into local framers. This guy, well, he was someone I found while googling, specifically looking for needlework framers, and when a Groupon showed up for his shop, I figured it would be a good time to go ahead and try him out. So at least I got it at a "discount", but I still think he was pricey for what I got.
I have used two other framers in the area, but not for my needlework. I have plenty of smaller pieces to try out, and they did a great job with some of my other stuff, but now I'll have to put them to the cross-stitch test.
I've heard several stitchers (online) use one of the local framers. They're a small chain (SC, NC, VA, I think?) and I've liked the several things of mine they've framed. They've done two small prints and the photo of my grandparents' wedding. They were even nice enough to use the original mat that the photo came with:
The other framer is a guy that owns a franchise? He's really nice, and he's actually an artist, so he's really good with color while letting me express my own ideas if I have something I really want. He's done two prints (one of them several feet long), and my other grandparents' wedding photo (the original tinted).
He is REALLY good at preservation work (old letters, photos - he's shown me the stuff he's done), so I kinda want to take my stitching to him, wholesale, but I have to test run him. I'm sure he'd be more amenable to actually learning the correct way to frame needlework since he's an actual artist. But, the downside is that he's expensive.
So, yay for getting something framed. Boo for having something not framed well (boo to myself for not asking better questions first). I'm not going to take it apart, it's not like it was the best piece in the world and I doubt it's going to become any sort of heirloom anyway. I'm happy enough with it for me (I still have a couple of early things framed on sticky mat).
Soon I'll have something test run at the Expensive-but-I-love-him framer. Maybe even my Immaculate Hart.
Too bad the French Knot is out of business, I really liked the framing they did for me. They closed before I had a chance to take any needlework to them...
|framed by The French Knot|