Aug 8, 2012

Preparing Eunice for framing

Greetings.  Eunice is ready for framing and I thought I would show my steps in case anyone would like to direct me to more efficient mounting.  First off, cutting the tails. 
When examining for the threads to snip, I also use a tiny piece of muslin to slip behind threads carried over.  This mystery linen is very limp, stretchy, and its weave is easily distorted.  No way for a thread to hide at all so I found several areas that needed this treatment, even though some were pastels.   Looking at the right side, you wouldn't know a dark thread is lurking.
On colored linen, I use something white since I mount on white foam core boards and it will just disappear.   
Even the over one got a few tiny threads of muslin here and there.  I tried mounting but because of the fabric, was getting flustered.   So I applied lightweight fusible interfacing to prevent the distorting, after I measured for squareness and marked the fold back line by running a perfectly straight single thread. 



 

So here she is, ready for framing.  Would you believe I had three large boxes of brand new stainless steel flat head straight pins from 20 years ago?  I did.  But prefer the round heads so I got rid of those boxes in favor of new cheap and easily bent crap.  It never dawned on me that they were for framing!   What a putz.
 Lucy and possibly Fanny are being framed also.  I like Fanny on the large basket but ..... haven't decided yet.  I was surprised at the cost difference of Hobby Lobby compared to Michael's (with a coupon).  Their weekly 40% off coupon can be used for the glass and the frames are always 50% off.  I also learned that the frames are not made at HL, they are ordered, shipped to the store glued/stapled, and then completed. 
My new sampler charts came in and I will show those to you next time along with a great zucchini casserole.
I'll leave you with my doe that comes to the back door for bread several times a day, and her disgusted look at the two boys tussling on the patio.  She will stand here for quite a while until she sees me, and then patiently waits for the bread to be thrown.  She has two fawns with her in the evenings.



 I'll be spending this afternoon looking through the new charts and trying to decide on another smaller design for swing stitching.  Pumroy will have to wait for a while.  I took her out last night and she is just too much linen lying on my lap when it's hot.  I should start the Santa but I so don't want to think of winter!  Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll talk to you soon.
Thank you so much for your visit!!
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28 comments:

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Have you tried sequin pins for your mounting? I found some at the $store and liked how they worked. Now I order them online since I can't find them locally. The doe looks so sweet.

cucki said...

Aww thank you for sharing this :)
The doe is so cuteeeee
Big hugs xxx

Vickie said...

A pet deer! Oh my goodness.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marly,oh how sweet the Doe coming for bread, love that, thanks for sharing. Eunice looks mighty fine, great job. Blessings Francine.

Mouse said...

well that's a good idea there ... such a simple but very effective way ...
love your deer waiting patiently for her goodies :)
love mouse xxxxx

Becky K in OK said...

Love the idea of the muslin behind the carried threads. Putting it into my hints notebook.

The doe is cute. And so are the feline members of your family.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
Thank you for always sharing your knowledge with us. You have so many good ideas and suggestions.
Great deer pic, my dear :)
Lauren

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
Thank you for sharing the tip of placing the muslin behind the carried stitches...it's the extra attention to detail that makes the difference between "homemade" and "handmade"...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Penny said...

I must agree that your helpful hints in today's post are greatly appreciated! Love the idea of placing muslin behind the dark threads..... And the idea of stitching a straight line to aid in framing is genius in my book! I just always struggled with aligning the finished piece..... I ain't too bright, I guess! :). :). Never would have come up with that on my own! Thanks so much, and keep those hints a'comin!!
Penny

Lanie said...

Marly ... your "Eunice" is fantastic! I have never framed or prepared my pieces for framing so I'm of no help for any helpful hints but ... I do love your idea of using pieces of muslin behind the carried threads. Yes, we know we should not carry over more than one or two x's but there are times you gotta do what you gotta do! Thanks to your great hint I will never fret over this again!

Ann said...

Marly, I've learned something new from you AGAIN today. Thank you - never thought of using the muslin to hide the carry over threads. I always try to incorporate into the stitching, but now I could skip over unstitched areas. I do have a question on the pins - do you leave them in the board when you place it in the frame? Should I not use the sticky mounting board for my pieces? Do you use regular foam core board? ~Ann

samplerlover said...

hi Marly, you always come up with such good ideas. I have never thought of putting little pieces of fabric to hide threads. Although I try not to do that. Love your beautiful deer. - Sandra

Margaret said...

I'd never thought of putting little pieces of fabric to hide carried threads either. You're so clever! I can't believe your deer just comes up for bread every day. I think you have a way with animals. Or at least they like your food. lol!

Peggy Lee said...

Aren't you the creative one!! I never would have thought of that.
I can't believe your doe is standing there waiting for her bread! And she isn't even bothered by your cats. That must be so awesome.
:o)

Shirlee said...

You are so exceptionally creative ... & with a menobrain too! I marvel at the wiz you must've been prior to menopause : ) I love your visitor! We have one who is sneaking in at night & eating the tomatoes growing on our one tomato plant. We are having a go at placing a large box over the plant to hopefully keep it safe.

Shirlee said...

Duh! Forgot to mention we are putting the box on at night & taking it off in the morning ... lol!

Barb said...

Eunice turned out so pretty. The colors remind me of fall. I like the way you get prepared for framing.I'll be using some of your suggestions.

Gabi said...

Eunice is a beauty. Love her.
Very interesting blog entry. I will give both advises of you a go. Very helpful. Thanks for that. :)

Chris said...

Great post with great info.I think that I might even be able to prep a piece for framing.
I can't wait to hear more about the new stash and see your next small project. Do you every do any fall themed stitching or just what your blog title says?
I love the pics of the cats and deer.

Sherry said...

I can't wait to see these framed. Everytime I leave a comment, it disappears seconds after I leave the blog. Mystery. But know I do read and comment.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Wow, once again I learned a lot from this listing. I have never used the fusible stuff...is that routine for you? I am relatively new at X-stitch...so I am most appreciative to any short cuts or ???
We just got a Hobby Lobby in Victorville near to the Mall...I love it! Also, do not care for Michael's framing. But I do have a small frame shop, here in town and in business for over 25 years. He must be good to have survived for that length of time PLUS I like the personalized attention I get.
The doe is special...Lucky you. We get coyotes and they can be cute as we saw 5 young ones romping and playing on the green some time ago. We just can not leave any of our small pets out especially at night time. Sadly, some pets have never been seen again. That part of nature I do not like.

Thanks so much for sharing ... Love your Blog, and Peace be with you,
Barb

Joy said...

There are acid free mat boards in light grey that will solve this problem. I'm not a big fan of using any type of pins...I lace, but I must say, your piece is looking great!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Alrighty....I'll fess up and once again publicly display my ignorance. Are we supposed to "prepare" our pieces for framing??? Hello....I stitched (A LOT) for many, many, (way too many) years (left it for a while and am eeking my way back) and have never "prepared" a piece for framing....Yes, I have framed one or two punched pieces, but stitched pieces, I press, and off to the framer they go. Please tell me I have not offended some officious code of stitchery!!!! Baffled and confused in Nod.....Robin (PS - Love your dear deer.....funny pics with the kits paying her no nevermind.....)

Ginny said...

Thank you for the wonderful hints. Now to remember them . . .

Carol said...

Love the idea of putting a piece of muslin underneath carried threads--thanks for that suggestion, Marly! And stitching a straight stitch all the way around looks most helpful.

Great shot of the disgusted deer watching the lazy kitties :)

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly,
I loved your framing tutorial...I have been framing all of my samplers for 25 years and never thought of sewing a running stitch along the folding line. I would position, then move, turn over, position again. Thanks so much for the tip! Love the photo or the doe with the cats in the front!
Hugs,
Melinda

Beckyjean said...

I can't wait to see the finished sampler all framed.

Beautiful deer!!

Have a wonderful weekend~Becky

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Two brilliant ideas! I cannot believe none of us had thought of them before (slaps forehead!).

Thank you so much for sharing both tips (and your lovely stitching too).

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