finished rose cross stitch

Remember this in progress post for my rose cross stitch piece?

I finished it a few weeks ago, but I just got around to framing it this past weekend.

Let me tell you a little story about what an unnecessary chore it was to get this in a frame.

In my mind, I saw this framed in a super chunky square goldish colored frame. Ever tried to find a 7" ornate square frame? Good luck. I looked at all of the stores I have been in for the last few weeks and I obviously didn't have any success finding what I wanted. I even went so far as to consult the mysterious custom framing department at Michael's. I've always wondered how much it was. Would it cost me $40, $60, maybe even $75 to get exactly wanted? So I asked. Then I laughed in the guys face when he told me it would cost $120 to get what I was looking for. Ok, I didn't actually laugh in his face. I politely said no thank you and walked away. But in my imagination I laughed in his face because that is CRAZY. 

I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to make do with a store brought frame. I came across this oval frame at Hobby Lobby on sale for $10 and decided it would work. It would work because there is no way that I would pay $120 for a frame ever. The color of the frame wasn't perfect but I figured I could fix that with a little acrylic craft paint. 

 This picture shows the original color a little better. It was not yellow gold enough for what I wanted. I went ahead and dry brushed a very small amount of gold paint on and let it dry while I ironed the hoop lines out of my fabric. 

I tried something new to frame this one. In the stitching aisle at Hobby Lobby I found this self-adhesive mounting board. I cut it down to fit in my frame, stuck on my freshly ironed stitching, and wrapped the fabric around the sides of the board and taped it to the back. If you are looking for a way to frame your stitching, I would recommend this type of board. It was less than $3 for an 8"x10" and it really makes your work look smooth and nice. I'll definitely be using this in the future. 

For now, I decided to hang it right above my nightstand. I don't think it will stay there forever, but I kind of like having it where I see it a lot. It makes admiring my own handiwork so much easier. 

Beauty shot time!

So even though I didn't get exactly the frame I wanted, I am pleased with how it turned out. Plus, if I ever find the elusive 7" square ornate chunky gold frame of my dreams I can peel off the adhesive board and reframe it. 

It feels good to get a finished project completely finished.



  1. It turned out so beautifully! I'm mad jealous of your skills!

  2. It's bigger than I thought it was! And I think the frame you ended up with is perfect.

  3. Ah I love this, it's so lush. Love the colours :D

  4. That looks great even in an oval frame. Frames can be so expensive though can't they!

  5. It turned out gorgeous! I think the oval frame showcases your embroidery perfectly! :)

  6. It looks gorgeous!! I love the frame you have it in, it looks perfect :)

  7. Its so lovely! I really enjoyed seeing your progress on instagram :)

  8. Wow, it turned out so beautiful! I think it looks great in a round frame.

  9. Ficou fantástico esse trabalho, parabéns!

  10. Very Pretty...I love your girly way!!

  11. Beautiful piece - I do so love antique-style florals - and I think the oval frame compliments the design perfectly.

  12. Oh it's beautiful! Great work.

  13. It looks gorgeous! For future reference, I have recently fallen in love with this frame from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20185682/. It's $5, and it's plastic, but surprisingly, it takes really well to spray paint. I don't have a blog, otherwise I'd show you how great it looks painted in all kinds of fun colors. I am a bit obsessed with it. :) It's 5x7.

    1. That frame is so great! I wish there was an Ikea near me, although I am sure I'd have a little less money if I could stop by one whenever I felt like it :) Thanks for the tip!


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