Welcome to our October Framer’s Corner, featuring our first time story teller, Heather Cox! Heather has been working with us at Frame of Mind for a little over a year, and has a great piece to share with all of you, with a touching story behind the piece.
When our customer brought in a very detailed safari themed cross stitch, we knew there was a story to come as the piece was only partially completed. The detail was incredible, and it was clear someone had spent many hours working on it and that it was something very special.
As our designer Heather began the the design process with the customer, we learned that the customer’s wife had spent many hours working on it and she sadly passed before she could finish it.
To honor her memory, her husband wanted to frame the piece as if it was still being worked on, so that he could always remember how hard she would work on something she really loved.
It is not a common request to frame an unfinished cross stitch, but Heather was ready to make sure this piece was completed to the customer’s desired request and done to perfection, ensuring that the piece embodied the love and dedication put into it.
Framing a cross stitch requires a few extra steps than regular paper prints. There is a lot of detail that goes into making sure the piece is precise and straight as we work with it.
Using stainless steel pins, we stretch the piece around a piece of acid free foamcore. Using stainless steel pins ensures that they will not rust and damage the piece over time. In order to make it tight, straight and square with no waves or wrinkles, we do small sections at a time, measuring and redoing many parts over until the piece is perfectly positioned and ready for either a mat or a frame.