The winner of The Simple Quiet pear giveaway is Cyndi Lott ~ Congratulations to you, Cyndi! (watch for an email from me, Cyndi :~>)
I completed the framing of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and I think I like it!
Though I waffled for a time, wondering if the frame would be too grand for the primitive Bird in the Hand Prims design, I’m glad I followed through and tried coupling the two.
Some folks prefer a more cohesive style, like a primitive frame with a primitive embroidery. I admire those people! I love going to their homes and seeing one era or one style represented. I think Lori Brechlin’s home is a perfect example of primitive and it is sooo beautifully done! (haven’t seen Lori’s home? Click here to visit Notforgotten Farm) There’s another Lori who has done Primitive flawlessly. Lori Rippey of Home Spun Prims has a home I’d love to see in person! (Click here for Lori’s home) I, myself, just can’t seem to stick to one style, I have very eclectic taste ~ I like the old juxtaposed with the new (mostly because then I get to use the word “juxtapose”), the splashy combined with the humble, the intricate with the plain…
…and so, I am drawn to this coupling ~ the elegant antique frame surrounding the primitive and humble embroidery.
My favorite part is, of course, the way the embroidery floats inside the frame. Because I want to be able to sell this piece, I want it to be ONE piece, but look like two. I also want it to function as two pieces if the future owner so desires. In case you ever want to try a similar scheme, here’s how I achieved that end.
I used two little rings, a length of monofilament and a safety-pin for each end of the embroidery. The upper ring slips over a small nail in the frame, allowing for easy removal.
The embroidery is large enough that it “buckled” when I tried hanging it without the dowels. So, I added a long pocket to the top and to the bottom edges in the same wool I used for the backing. These dowels can be removed, so….
that the embroidery will lay flat. It’s the Transformer of the needle punch world!
Now, one last picture and I’ll let you get back to whatever you were doing…
I just love this detail! You may have noticed, and wondered what the bundle of wire was in the first picture in this post of ‘Twas the Night. Whoever had this frame before me was a person after my own heart. When she found that the wire was too long for the wall on which the frame was hung, she simply wrapped the wire around the nail until it was the proper length ~ what a great touch of primitive whimsy to an otherwise serious and elegant frame!
I’d be so interested to hear what you think of this finish ~ good or bad! Let me know!
be warm and happy,