Thursday, August 02, 2007

My Framings Are Back!

Mike got the all important phone call today from the framer - "come pick them up!" So, right after I got home from work tonight, we went and got them! I love them!! As you can see, I just am not in a mood for mats right now. I didn't use them much last time I did a bulk framing job either. I really like how needlework looks just in a nice frame.. so, here they are (I photographed each leaning against the back of the sofa in the living room - sorry the Mermaids are so crooked - I didn't realize that until after I had put the plastic bag back on them - I have no idea yet where I plan to hang any of these):

Medieval Town Mandala

Chatelaine

Stitched 10/05 - 10/06


Paradigm Lost

Long Dog Samplers


Mermaids of the Deep Blue

Mirabilia


An Emblem of Love

With My Needle


Catch the Wind

Butternut Road

Stitched somewhere around ten years ago, maybe longer!


I received several more gifts today - and wow, they are just gorgeous! I will email the senders tonight to immediately thank them, and take photos tomorrow in the daylight, as I would like to show them to you the best that I can. By the time I got home from the framer's tonight, the light was not very good any longer. But, I can show you some stash that came in today from the extremely generous gift certificate from DSL that Sharon recently sent to me for my birthday. I love all of what I got - I have recently begun to love the new Praiseworthy Stitches/Crescent Colours thread packs. After seeing what the Birthday Birds actually look like stitched up, I fell in love! Thank you so much dear Sharon!!! I hope you approve of my choices :-)

Oh, and I did find some time to stitch tonight. I actually followed my rotation and chose to work on Dawn. I bet I could get her done really quickly if I focused only her for a week or so. But, I am in no rush! My next big framing binge probably won't be until Christmas anyhow - LOL!

Stitched on today: Started a gift, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace

48 comments:

Dianne said...

Wow! I'm speechless! You should be so proud of your works or art. I'd love to see where you actually hang all your finishes. I bet your house looks beautiful!
I 'tagged' you along with the other NRR stitchers on my blog. : )

Kathy said...

Fabulous pieces. I would have to take out a bank loan if I had that many things framed at one time. They are awesome. I don't do mats much anymore. Yours are such nice pieces you would not want to mat and detract from the stitching. Great job.

Tannia said...

Wow Carol all your framing looks wonderful - I hope you have lots of wall space spare :)

I really like the single colour samplers framed without mats - it really draws you into the stitching more.

Lovely - what a great job!

Dawn said...

All your framed works look fantastic!!

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love them all, they look so grand.

Kendra said...

I also don't mat my cross stitch pieces...I think the mat takes away from the stitching.

Great framing batch!

KarenV said...

All your framed pieces look gorgeous! Great choice of frames, congratulations!

Anne S said...

Happy belated birthday Carol! Sorry I couldn't be there 'on the day' but I was thinking about you :) You've received some beautiful gifts - and your latest framing is stunning :) My email is still on the fritz, but I can access the internet at my new housesitting place on their own PC so I can catch up blogs hopefully! Happy birthday again :D

KaLu said...

they are beautiful!!!! I never had anything profesionally framed but I'm thiking blossom harvest will be my first

Marika said...

They are just breathtaking !!! Especially I love Medieval town, Mermaids and lovely Catch the wind. I´d love to do someday Chatelaine´s Japanese work but they look soooo challenging.

Hazel said...

They look fantastic! xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Carol. The framing is gorgeous indeed. Will some be presents or are they all for yourself? What is the bordeau colour on your fairy? Great progress. Ann.

Maria S. said...

I totally agree with your framing choices! They are absolutely perfect. People should be really looking at the stitching and not make their first comment about the frame and the mats. Gorgeous work and good frames that are timeless.

Arthemise said...

Wow!!!

Karen said...

WOW!! THey are absolutely stunning! I never use matts when framing. My framer says it devalues the piece in the long run and well, I prefer the look without a matt.

Sherry said...

WOW! WOW! Triple WOW! These are totally awesome! I am not much on mats around my stitching either! Just beautiful! Be proud!

ollie1976 said...

Carol-everything looks so beautiful.

Jenn said...

Beautiful Carol! You chose perfect frames for each piece. Now I can't wait to get mine back. Middle of next week can't come quick enought.

Dawn is looking great. Don't rusth to finish her if your enjoying working on her take your time.

Katrina said...

Wow, love all your framed pieces! Gorgeous, so do you know where you are going to hang them :-)?

Cathy said...

Fabulous! I can't get over how gorgeous Medieval Town Mandala is. I honestly was not a fan of that design until I saw it framed. It's beautiful!

Vonna said...

Your framed pieces are glorious Carol, I bet your home is a stitcher's dream :) LOVELY!!!!
And such lovely stitchy stash that you go thanks to super sweet Sharon! :)

Toni said...

Holy Cow Carol!!! Great job. Wonderful framed pieces. Just glad I didn't have to pay that framing bill I'm still in shock about the marriage vows of a hunter I had framed.

Sharon said...

Fantastic framing-I really love MTM. Your right they don't need the mats. You are so welome again for the gift certificate and I think you got some great stuff. But, who can go wrong with needlework? right?

Michele said...

Congratulations on your framing! I would like to see pictures of your walls and the way you group them together or not.

Michele

Nicole said...

Oh wow, they are all beautiful! Not only do you finish stitching big, beautiful projects, you actually get them framed! You are my hero! LOL! :)

Kajsa said...

I love all your framed pieces! They did a real good job with all of them. MTM is just gorgeous!

Carla said...

Gorgeous work Carol!!!!!

Lady Val said...

They all look wonderful!! If you need a place to store some of them, I have some empty walls that would be happy to babysit them for you. *giggle*

coonie said...

They are all beautiful!

Barbeeque4 said...

What a great framing job!!!!! I agree with the no mats when framing needlework, as I think it distracts from the piece. Dawn is looking beautiful.

Deb L said...

I have to agree that framing really turned MTM from a very lovely piece into a gorgeous work of art. WOW. Reinforces my desire to stitch Martina's 'Egypt Garden' some day. heh.

They all look good. If they were mine, I'd have an urge to just hug them all and bask in the wonderfulness. LOL

:)

Michelle said...

Your framing came out wonderful (and FAST!!). I love how you've chosen simple frames, they really show off the needlework. Dawn looks amazing too...I just love that one!

Lauren said...

Oh wow, all of your pieces are amazing! I love the frames you chose for each of them!

jean said...

Oh...wow......

I think your choice to go without mats for all of them was perfect. They are all beautiful pieces and mats might have dampened the effect. :)

Cindy said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!
Its totally Gorgeous!!!

Redwitch said...

Just fantastic! What a show, they're amazing and the framing sets off your stitching beautifully.

Barbara said...

Incredible, Carol! They are just stunning!!!!

Anna van Schurman said...

Wow! Great pieces. I should do some framing--you've inspired me!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulation on your framing Carol, they all look wonderful.

Joanne

BlissxStitches said...

I'm more than impressed. I'm jealous! I love the mermaids & MTM & the long dog. They are my fave xs items ever.
Congratulations on jobs well done!

lena-lou said...

Lovely framing choices they look fab :-))
Enjoy your weekend deciding where to hang them!

Sam said...

What beautiful framed pieces you have Carol - where will you put them all! I guess you will have to rotate them :o)

stitcherw said...

Oh my, I don't know where to start. All of the framed pieces look fantastic. You are going to have the most beautifully decorated walls when you get them all up, they are all gorgeous.

What fun stash you got as well. I have both the CCN and LHN ones on my list. Dawn is looking lovely as well.
Sue

Goldie said...

OhMyGoodness! Those are truly works of ART! They are absolutely beautiful, Carol! Truly a sight to see. I'm so very impressed and jealous at the same time! Your walls are going to be gorgeous!

Julie said...

I lurk here often, but rarely comment as I figure you have enough to read already! But, I must say that your first piece, the Medieval Town Mandala is incredible, breath taking, beautiful... I wish I could admire it in person. I can't imagine the challenge in stitching something like this. Its beautiful, they all are beautiful. Enjoy them.

Mary said...

Your works looked great before they were framed. They look even more stunning now.
WOW!!!!!

tkdchick said...

Beautiful framing! Awww c'mon finish Dawn!

Lavender Rose said...

Dear Carol, How proud I am of you that you finished all those gorgeous things and had them framed so beautifully. You inspire us all! I love to see your works in progress, and the devotion you have to our needlework world. Thank you for being such a champion of our art and craft!
Hugs,
Deb