My birthday was a few weekends ago. Jim asked if there was anything special I would like as a gift and the words "I want to do some framing!" flew out of my mouth so fast I didn't have a moment to even think about anything else. Since ATS was at the top of my finished pile, that's what we decided to take in to the frame shop.
We've had many of Jim's photographs framed at this shop before but this was the first time I'd taken any of my stitching into them. The lady there said it was by far the biggest piece of needlework she'd ever had the opportunity to frame. Wait til she sees my Sarah Tatum!
You can see in this detail how perfect the frame molding is for the piece. It's rustic looking, but not too weathered. And I love how the scrolly detail on the outer edge mirrors the vine around the borders of the stitching. The subtle gold band on the inner edge just adds a little polish, don't you think?
I knew we'd have to wait for two weeks while the work was being done. But when I headed off to the office yesterday morning, I had to make myself stop from getting my hopes up that there would be a call from the framer when I got back home. Little did I know, she's actually finished it earlier in the week and had been in touch with Jim already. So when I did get back from work, it was already home and hung in its place of honor at the end of the hallway. What a thrill! It was the perfect birthday gift from start to finish.
Anyway, thanks so much for taking a look at my long in process masterpiece, What is it about seeing your stitching finally framed and displayed that makes you want to stitch with even more diligence? All I know is that withe the long Thanksgiving weekend approaching, my needle will be flying! I hope each of you has the chance to spend the day with the people and things you are most thankful for.