Monday, January 18, 2010

The Girls Are Framed

I didn't get much stitching done over the weekend as I finally sat down and framed both Betsy and Beatrix.

I tried a new method of doing it. Vonna has this really good tutorial on how to frame a sampler and I tried that. I bought some acid free board with foam in the middle a heap of pins and I was off. So much easier than the lacing method. It is not perfect, but I am quite happy with the out come that is the main thing.

I haven't hung them as yet as I have to get some stronger hooks before I put them on the wall. Especially Betsy. Don't want her crashing down on my head lol. Even worse if it happened to land on my DH's. The thought of that makes me shudder lol.

On the stitching front, here is my update on Hannah Lancaster. I really didn't get that much done but I am really enjoying stitching her along with my friend Tawny. I'm looking forward to seeing Tawny's progress, but really at the stage where we both are, there isn't much to show.
On the Grazing Sheep front is is definitely nothing to report. I haven't done anything on her since last week and she has even less than Hannah.
Well, until next time, I hope you all have a lovely long weekend to my friends in the States. If you aren't in the States I hope you all have a lovely week.


Deb said...

Sandra, both your pieces look wonderful framed (of course, they looked wonderful before too). I still can not get over all the beautiful work you did on Betsy. Both are wonderful finishes, but Betsy is just the absolute best!!!

Siobhan said...

Both pieces are wonderful! Perfect frame choices. Hannah is coming along nicely, too!

Nancy said...

Your samplers look wonderful framed! Really nice job!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your samplers are beautiful and you framed them so well. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on Hannah.

Margaret said...

Ok, Sandra, why don't you just stick Betsy in the mail now and send her to my house? I'd be happy to show her off for you. lol! Seriously, both pieces are wonderful! And congrats on trying the new framing method too! Hannah is looking good too! Can't wait to see Grazing Sheep!

staci said...

Lovely! You must be so thrilled to have them framed and ready to hang!!!

danielle said...

Those are both gorgeous. I wish I was talented enough to frame my own work, but I am not patient enough. Yours look lovely!

Melissa said...

Both pieces are just gorgeous, Sandra! You did a great job!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Both pieces are fabulous, Sandra! You've got a great start on Hannah and I know she'll move along quickly!

Valerie said...

Betsy and Beatrice are absolutely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job framing too! They look so professional...maybe you should look into the framing business! As we stitchers know, there is a lot of money to be had in framing! Again, congrats on your finishes and Happy Stitching!

Cari said...

Congrats on getting them bothe framed - they are beautiful!.

I look forward to seeing more of Hannah!

Enjoy your day.

Diane said...

They look great! So beautiful!

Suzanne said...

Both of your pieces look beautiful all framed up. I had considered lacing my pieces to the board and then having the framer frame them. That way I know that they have been done properly. I will have to have a look at Vonna's tutorial, it certainly would save a lot of time.

You have made a great start to Hannah. I plan to move out from the centre and then skip around the design. Probably until one section no longer holds my interest and then move onto another.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow what beautiful pieces! Congratulation on finishing them and framing them!

Love to Stitch said...

What an outstanding framer you are!!! WOW, these are both amazing!!!! Very impressive. Such an accomplishment to see them hanging. Mine never get framed that fast. Nice work on Hannah, it is always fun to add new 'colors' into a piece dont you think!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Sandra,

I love your finished and framed
pieces!! Betsy is simply
stunning in all her glorious
detail and I imagine if we were
able to see her in person we
would probably be even more
in awe of her.

I really love Beatrix Potter too
although I've heard from several
bloggers who've stitched her that
it is not a fun stitch. I think
her a beautiful piece though and
I love the color that you chose
to stitch her in.

Vonna's tutorials are very good
and she seems to have a real
knack for finishing off stitched
pieces, whether by sewing them
into ornaments or framing them.

Hannah Lancaster is looking
great so far.


Carol R said...

Both framed pieces look great - well done!

I, too, had a love-hate relationship with Beatrix. I am so glad she is finished and she now needs to be framed although I am having this done professionally.

Anonymous said...


GORGEOUS! One question for you - do you advise washing the finished work before framing?