All this time I’ve been thinking the rabbet (picture frame) measurement is how far it extends over into your picture. This morning Denise from Just Quiltin sent me an email and said “You are so dumb!” No, that’s not what she said. She was much kinder but she explained that . . here . . I’ll just copy what she said so I don’t screw it up.
I think you are thinking about the “rabbet depth” measurement wrong. So for instance in that blog post you say a frame has a 9/16th” rabbet depth but that’s not the amount it overhangs your stitching on each side. The rabbet depth is the measurement from top of the rabbet to the bottom of the frame (flush with back). So where it comes into play is if you have thicker artwork – like say you added two layers of foam core instead of one — that might make it too thick for your frame so it would stick out over the back of the frame and you wouldn’t be able to shoot your points into anything to hold it in place.
She also sent this:
That makes so much more sense than the way I was thinking about it.
Thank you, Denise, and sorry for anyone I confused.
Glad the explanation helped. I was totally thinking the same thing as you when I first started ordering frames and then came across the image and a framing video and realized I had it totally backwards in my thinking. Now we are both on the right path again.
Heather ?? says
Alright, so now that we understand what the rabbet is, is the frame ledge a standard size or does it need to be measured each time to account for the border around your design (the way you were thinking of adding the extra space previously)?
Judy Laquidara says
I’m going out on a limb because I obviously do not know what I’m talking about – but I think it’s a standard size. I have part of my order of frames arriving tomorrow and I’ll measure them and report back.
Heather ? says
Thank you! You really are a wealth of information….and entertainment!