A few months ago I was given a box of frames which I'm ashamed to admit that I've ignored. Not anymore! I've dusted off the spiderwebs and have inspected them all.
Some are purchased and made of plastic or unfinished wood and are of a standard size. However, many of them are handmade in strange sizes.
Here are some of my favorites. Now instead of designing something and then deciding on how to finish or frame it I can now turn the process upside-down and try to design something for the frames.
But first, I went to the drawer where I keep stitched items that have been completed but not framed or finished. Some of these I've been meaning to finish for years. The bad news is that none of the frames fit the two older, bigger samplers I did the longest time ago. The good news is that I know what sized frames to search for in the future.
One frame does suit a piece I completed a few years ago. It was purchased, previously started and forgotten, from a White Elephant sale. It had many mistakes (hmmm, maybe that's why it was unfinished). Working around them as best I could I completed the stitching and then abandonded it again.
The fit to the frame isn't perfect, but the frame suits the piece. So, my next project will to get framed and on the wall so it can be appreciated (the stitchg and the frame).
Two of the frames have a 3 inch by 6 inch opening which presents quite a design challenge. Too bad one has a ding on the corner.
My first idea is botanical print. I may be able to take a single flower, stem and all and make a design. I've done small, stylized flowers but a realistic flower will be a challenge.
My next idea is a small, old fashioned sampler. I'm not sure if I can pull it off, but I may try.
Stay tuned to see what happens to this frame collection.