Stash Finish #12, Framed

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Willow Tree House Sampler, designed by Catherine Theron for Kreinik. Just Cross Stitch magazine, June 1999 issue. Stitched on 30 count linen with Kreinik Silk Mori for the cross stitch and Northern Lights silk for the grass. I did change the color of the lettering and house door and shutters because I did not have the right color on hand.


I am really pleased with how this piece was finished. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby, on clearance for $3. It doesn’t have any hanging hardware, so I will have to add some. For now, I will display it propped up on my dresser.

I used acid free foam board and silk pins to mount the stitching:




Then I used pearl cotton to lace the back.



I then added two more layers of foam board to fill in the extra space, and finally glued kraft paper to the back.(I didn’t take a photo of the kraft paper)


I normally don’t take this much care with my framing. Actually, most projects I finish don’t even get framed – they end up in a box with all of the others. Now that my walls are pretty much filled up, I like the therapeutic value to stitching more than just making something to decorate the home!


2 thoughts on “Stash Finish #12, Framed

  1. I wish I could watch you do this in person. There are no good framers in my town anymore. So I guess I will have to do it myself. This is really good. It seems like I remember the hardest thing to do is lace the back. Do you leave the pins in while you are lacing it? Seems like this would hold it into place. Where are you located? Is this a British Blog?

  2. Yes, I leave the pins in as I lace it and even when it is in the frame. Be sure to use silk pins, as they won’t rust. I live in Michigan, in the United States.


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