So, I have this problem where I keep buying old frames at yard sales and thrift stores. I love the ones that are really beaten up and chunky and held together with big ancient looking nails and wrangly knotty wires in the back.
Then it occurred to me that I also have this problem of finishing my cross stitch projects and then not doing anything with them.
Can you see where I’m going here?
This morning, I had some extra time so I pulled out my finishes (and almost finishes) and frames and played a little game of match up!
First up, Raven Bewitched!
Isn’t she bewitching? I got this lovely for $2 at the neighborhood yard sale last weekend. It is chunky and solid. The old man I got it from said that it used to hold a picture of his Grandfather, who was “quite a famous man.” I started to ask him who he was, but got distracted (probably by another treasure). You can see the spot on the bottom where there was probably a placard with this famous man’s name. Now I’m wondering who he was.
Next up, my cute marriage sampler. Remember this one? I love her.
This frame is understated and has a pretty antique patina. There is a price tag on the side for $7, so that must be what I paid. For once, I left enough fabric around the edges so that it won’t be a nightmare to frame.
And, finally, good old Quaker JOY.
I got this frame at a really cool architectural salvage place in Philadelphia. I don’t remember what I paid for it, but it was more than I’d typically spend. I couldn’t resist because the wood was so pretty and the design so simple. This will need some kind of mat board to hide the stingy fabric edge.
Frame hoarding pays off!