Watching flosstubes, I have learned so much about ways to finish cross stitched pieces. I’m hoping to do a little planning before starting so I can hopefully make the chart fit the size I need it to be.
One thing I don’t want to have to do is buy custom frames for everything. I mean . . I don’t mind doing it but I don’t think I’d want to hear what Vince would have to say about that. Plus, I really want to get A Good Marriage done and ready to hang before Vince gets here and since I’m not willing to go out, the framing in’t happening.
I’ve been seeing on flosstubes so many fun ways people are spiffing up Hobby Lobby or Michael’s frames or even second hand store frames.
For “A Good Marriage” by Lizzie Kate, I wanted to find an inexpensive frame and found this one at Michael’s online and ordered it. I’m going to go ahead and start stitching before it gets here. I ordered a couple of frames so if neither of them work, I’ll have to rethink my plan.
This is the one I’m hoping to use – remove the matting (or just leave it and stick my piece on top of it).
I don’t want it to be white for our bedroom. We have teal colored drapes in there and I’m ok with those so I ordered teal chalk paint and a tan color but I also ordered some dark wax. Not sure which I’ll do. The stitching design has some teal in it too.
The whole opening in the frame is 8.3″ x 14.3″.
On 32 count linen, which is what I’m going to use, the stitched piece comes out to about 7 x 12.3, meaning there would be an extra 1.3″ widthwise (.65 on each side) and an extra 2″ lengthwise (1″ on top and bottom). That’s not a huge difference but by adding a few extra squares between the title and the text, and between the text and the bottom border, it ends up being 1.5″ extra for length. That puts .65″ border on each side and .75″ for the top and bottom. I can live with that difference.
I have enough extra fabric that I have space to play with.
We’ll see if my math is right and whether I’m thinking about this correctly. I don’t expect my first piece to look like anything Lori Holt did but . . I have to start somewhere, right?