We've had a taste of Spring this month, haven't we? Lovely weather is great for getting outside, so I often take my stitching into the garden.
Let's hope this year we actually have a summer, and no wash out! If you're just starting to see the flowers appearing in the garden, why don't you try stitching a few? Our range of contemporary single flowers on black aida are proving increasingly popular, as is our field of poppies design. I stitched a number of them last year and they're great fun to stitch!
I've got 2 newly finished designs to show you, which I'm very proud of. I finished my Union Jack Jaguar and the second of our PETZ hamster designs - this one has just missed the London Marathon, he certainly looks well prepared for it!
May Product Spotlight
Guide to framing Cross Stitch
Over the last few issues of the newsletter, we've discussed what to do with your stitching if you don't want to frame it. Here at Stitchtastic, we sell a number of accessories to show off your stitching, such as coasters, clocks, key rings, fridge magnets and the like.
But still, there's nothing quite like a beautiful piece of cross stitch art on the wall, nicely framed for everyone to see.
When choosing a frame for your work, it is a good idea to try to match the frame to the cross stitch, that is, if you have stitched a traditional pattern it would not particularly suit a very modern frame, likewise, cross stitching a really up to date pattern and framing it in an antique looking frame would not be very suitable either. Another idea is to take a good look at your pattern and if there is a colour in the piece which really stands out it may be possible to obtain a frame in a matching colour or possibly a lighter shade. The room in which the completed cross stitch picture will be hung should also be taken into consideration. The frame adds the finishing touch to any picture so if you are buying a frame, or having one made by a professional frame maker, do remember to take the piece of cross stitching with you when you are choosing your frame.
Once you have chosen the frame, you also need to decide how to mount the work before it is framed. Do you need a border around the edge of the piece? The choice is entirely yours but a guide to this is that the finished cross stitch will stand out more when framed if it has a border around the edge of the material rather than the edges of the finished work going straight into a frame.
For more information on how to frame, and about choosing the correct frame, please click here.
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Until next time