Thursday, July 21, 2011

My first commissioned piece


Blackbird Designs - I Thee Wed
stitched on 32 ct. Mushroom Lugana
with recommended threads

My beloved cousin Kerri was the maid of honor in her friend's wedding, and asked me if I would stitch something for her to give as a gift. After a few emails back and forth about what her friend might like, I sent her a few suggestions and this was the one she picked. She liked how it tied into the wedding colors of pink and green and thought it would look beautiful in her friend's house.

So this is the very first piece I stitched on commission, for just the price of materials and not my time. (I didn't mind doing it - stitching is my sanity as I am sure you can all relate to). All in all, not a bad gift for about $50, and yes, I had my husband frame it.

Once again, I must highly recommend American Frame. Beautiful frames, pre-cut acid free mounting board, and free shipping when you spend more than $50 (if you frame several pieces, it's not hard to get to $50). Plus they will send you up to five samples of frames and/or mat board before you even order.

We tried something new this time with spacers. Normally, I frame without glass or acrylic, but my cousin asked if we could put something over the stitching to keep it cleaner. Since we were framing without a mat, I did a little reading on the site and found the spacers. They come in long sticks that are easy to cut and fit into the frame, and worked like a charm to provide an air space between the acrylic (most online places will not sell and ship glass) and the stitching itself. Now that we know how well it works, I'll definitely be doing it again for a few pieces I plan on hanging in our kitchen. They won't be right near the sink or stove, but I'd like to give them that extra layer of protection anyway.

I do have several other pieces awaiting the framing process, so hopefully I'll be able to show them soon.

13 comments:

Lee said...

Beautiful job, Jennifer! Thanks for the tip about American Frame.

Catherine said...

Lovely finish!! I'll have to check out that framing site!!

Sharon said...

It's beautiful Jennifer!

Sally said...

That is absolutely beautiful Jennifer!

C in DC said...

Lovely.

Spacers are great. Also work well if you need to frame something that's beaded under glass (sometimes the mats aren't enough).

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish.

RuthB said...

Beautiful !!!! Hopefully the bride and groom know how lucky they are :) Congrats on a lovely job.

Lynn said...

You've done a fabulous job Jennifer on your wedding commission! I'm sure they'll love it.

Carol said...

Oh, I'm sure the couple will be thrilled with your work, Jennifer--it is absolutely lovely :)

Jenna said...

I'm big on protecting my framed pieces with glass whenever possible. My house is a wreck and dusty as all get out, so protection is a must. Spacers are a life saver when you don't mat or the mats aren't deep enough.

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on your first commissioned piece. You have done an amazing job and I am sure it will be a treasured gift. You can be proud.

Dianne said...

Wonderful work-beautiful gift!

Meari said...

It's beautiful, Jenna. Spacers are great, aren't they? I get mine from the local Ben Franklin store. I imagine any store that does framing would sell them... I had to ask the framing guy.