When ordering frames, if I spend $250 or more, the shipping is free. Since most of what I stitch is fairly small, it takes quite a few frames to add up to $250. I wanted to get Mighty Acorn framed sooner rather than later so I drug out everything I had ready to be framed.
It was very late last night . . early this morning actually, and Addie was helping. We had fun with it but I struggle to make a decision on a frame.
I did not remember that I can’t order anything narrower than 5″. The ABC piece on the bottom right . . I only need a 3″ wide frame for that one so that knocked out one of the frames I was going to get. Addie and I chose frames for the other three and without foamcore or glass, I was at about $130 .. nowhere near free shipping and I doubted I could come up with enough to get free shipping.
The last time I ordered, I ended up adding frames for things that weren’t quite finished just to get free shipping and most of those still aren’t finished so I wasn’t going to do that again.
This morning I went over my frame choices with Vince. I don’t know why I do that because he thinks the cross stitching is what you notice . . not the frame so he likes narrow, plain frames. I don’t like crazy ornate frames but I do like a bit of design in them. I ended up changing a couple but while looking for more plain frames, I came across this one and I loved it.
Not exactly plain but I love it. It looks wider (they all do) but it’s only 2″ wide. Sometimes I’ll see a frame online and then the next day, it’s out of stock. I went looking through my projects that could be finished soon and found For the Love of Nature.
It isn’t terribly close to being finished but I thought it would look great in this frame so I ordered it. I still didn’t order enough to get free shipping but I gave up. Here are the other frames I chose.
I got this one for Mighty Acorn. It’s 1-5/8″ wide. Last night I looked on Instagram to see frames others had used and found one that was plain, almost rough cut looking oak and I liked it but didn’t want anything quite that rustic looking. I think this one will be a good choice.
For Eliza M. Stone (the pink stitched piece), I chose this one. It’s 1-1/4″ wide. That piece is about 8 x 8-3/4″ so I think this will be a good size.
For Cranberry Christmas, I chose this one:
For this one, I was going to go with a plain, black frame. It’s only going to be out at Christmas so I figured why spend a lot but these frames are not terribly expensive. The piece is 7-1/2″ x 11-3/4″. This frame is 1″ wide and it was only $18. Can’t beat that.
For the narrow piece with the black letters, I decided to order the acid free foam core, even though I had to order it 5″ wide. I’ll cut off 2″ and then it will fit . . I’m going to go ahead and lace it onto foam core like I would if I were framing it. Then, I’ll either find something – boards or a tile, and glue it onto there and hang it.
I need to stitch faster so it will be easier to get free shipping on my next frame order. 🙂