Monday, December 4, 2017

Framed! (Better Late Than Never)

When I began cross stitching in the early 1990s, I often stitched big projects. When I finished something, I would trek to a big-box craft store framing department and shell out $100 to $200 to have it framed. That was before I owned a home and had a kid. These days, I look for more economical ways to finish my projects (first, by stitching smaller things), or I let them sit...*sigh*... unfinished in a box in my closet.

I'm trying to get over my perfectionism and intimidation when it comes to finishing things myself. I'm lousy at sewing, and even worse at framing, but I'm working on it. Thankfully, there are lots of blogs out there with great tips.

Today I finally framed my December cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks. Only a few days late! I think I am obsessed with little houses. I just love them! I followed a tutorial I found here for the framing, using straight pins to "stretch" the linen on foam core. It was really easy! The only thing I'm still unsure of is how to tape down the extra fabric in the back. Does anyone out there have a super-sticky, archival tape they like? Or another way to do this? Most framing blogs just say "tape down the loose cloth edges," but so far I haven't found any tape that sticks very well. I've been using archival linen tape with mixed results.

The December cottage is stitched on 32-count lambswool linen using Weeks Dye Works and DMC threads. I've been reusing the same simple black frame each month.

November's cottage is also stitched on 32-count lambswool linen. The yellow overdyed thread in this one, "Harvest Moon" by Weeks Dye Works, is just yummy. It worked perfectly to give the leaves that golden tone they have in fall.

October is stitched on 32-count linen, but I don't remember what color or brand - it was something I had in my stash. The big flowers next to "October" look like fried eggs, don't they?

Have a great week, everyone. I am trying to stay sane during these last few weeks before Christmas, although I admit to spewing a few F bombs while driving. My gift shopping is DONE (!!!) but there are always those last-minute things to take care of... buying stamps, a trip to the post office, groceries, stocking stuffers... and it seems that everyone behind the wheel is in a hurry and distracted. Take a deep breath and do something you love. I'll be stitching!


  1. Meg your newest projects are wonderful! And you did an incredible job framing them...they look perfect. And the more you do it, you will get even better. You will be the one giving tutorials. I also am a big fan of LHN charts. They are always fun to stitch and move pretty quickly too. I also am a big fan of house and letter stitching. Good for you to have your Christmas shopping done and now you can relax and stitch. I have added you to our sidebar blogs we follow. I hope others will see it and come by. I will spread the word. And I will mention your new blog on our next blog post. You will meet more and more people I promise. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  2. Hi Meg! I am your newest follower. I had a fun time looking through all of your framed pieces and ornaments too. Great work! My blog is:

  3. Hello Meg and welcome to Blogland. Love your gorgeous framed houses, the December one is my favourite. Lucky you to have your Christmas shopping nearly finished, I have hardly started.

  4. Hi Meg, Welcome to blogging and the wonderful comradery of stitchers. Your framings is excellent and I love your houses! I think we are overly critical of our own work, I know I am. I am going to enjoy seeing more of your work, I'm a big fan of LHN. I'm the other half of stitching friends forever and on a friends computer as my connection is down. Have a lovely evening, Mary

  5. Hi Meg! I stumbled across your blog this afternoon. It is always nice to "meet" another stitcher. I think your framing looks great. My only tip is you might want to trim a bit of the excess linen before using the linen tape. Looking forward to your next post!

    PS...I never thought about it until you mentioned those flowers looking like fried eggs, but they do.

  6. Hi Meg, It's always fun to find a "new" stitcher. Your houses are just lovely. My sweet DH has become my framer. Like you, finishing is not my favorite part. I love the stitching so I try to use one frame for several designs if they are seasonal.

  7. Hey! Welcome to blogland! Have you got a follower button? I'd love to come and visit your blog again :)
    Your little cottages are beautifully stitched and framed. I have been gifted the whole series but have yet to stitch them!

  8. Hello Meg,
    I'm your new follower.
    Your little cottages are wonderful. I have stitched them, too.
    The frames are nice.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Manuela (my blog:

  9. I like the way you keep them all in the same frame. I started this series a while ago and only got 3 done, I really need to start again as I have all the charts ready. I have just followed you over on Bloglovin'.

  10. Hi meg, i´m also a new fallower, i love your motivs, your onaments. I especially like the monthly images with the right frame.
    Have a nice weekend, Martina

  11. Hi Meg! Thank you for showing your beautiful stitching and framing.
    I'd love to be a new follower via email if it would be possible for you to add that feature to your blog.

  12. Hello Meg!
    I'm visiting you from RJ's blog.
    Your stitching is beautiful and your framing is great. I know what you mean about things languishing in drawers waiting to be framed. I always hope to find a frame to buy then I frame them myself.
    I am a new follower and have just started a blog too x

  13. Thanks for commenting on my blog. You are a "no-reply" person but if you reply by email to this comment I can save your address!
    Love this series of monthly houses. I just use ordinary double-sided tape on the reverse of my framed pieces. Being pressed between the glass and the backing board seems enough to hold it in place.

  14. Hi Meg...
    I loved reading your post! I too am in love with little houses and LHN patterns are the ones I turn to. They are such fun to stitch! Your stitching looks just lovely and your framing truly is perfect! You really did a wonderful job!

    I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of stitching...I am looking forward to your next post!

  15. Hi Meg! I want to thank you for visiting my blog and tell you I'm so happy that a talented new stitcher has joined the cross stitching blog community :) I've really enjoyed looking through your posts and have put your blog on my sidebar so I will remember to visit more frequently.

    I have a problem with framing, too--and am often too cheap to take things to a professional. I keep all of my unframed things in an acid-free portfolio and am embarrassed at how many I have!

    Love your LHN pieces :) Best of luck with the Christmas countdown--I am one who always truly welcomes the peace and quiet of January!

  16. Beautiful designs and framing, welcome to Blogland, I look forward to seeing your post.


  17. I discovered your blog through Mary's and RJ's shoutout and am a new follower now.
    I love your stitching, Meg, and wow, you are really good at framing. The three framed little houses look gorgeous.
    This morning I read a tutorial on Vonna's blog, maybe it helps you with the fabric problem. You can find the tutorial here:
    Vonna always has the best tips.

  18. Very nice framing - I like the simple frame that you used for the 3 month series.

  19. Oh my goodness! What a lovely blog and I'm very excited about seeing more of your beautiful needlework.

    Keep up the great work my friend. I'm your newest follower at this time.

    Linda Lee

  20. These all look amazing! Hello from a new follower, RJ and Mary sent me over from Stitching Friends Forever :)

  21. They are all beautifully finished, the frame is perfect! It's been a while since I'm framed anything and I can't remember what I did with the edges.
    I can see where the October flower looks like a fried egg, but I also see wrapped sweets! Doesn't matter, it looks good.

  22. Your framing looks fantastic, Meg. I second the suggestion to look at Vonna’s tutorials. I’m about to use them to make a project bag for my frames to keep my stitching protected as I travel.


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