Canvaswork, Cross Stitch, Finishing, Framing, picture framing

Back briefly

Sorry I have been AWOL for a while … all I can say is that I’ve been struggling emotionally, I guess, for a number of weeks now, and I’ve been in a bit of a ‘black fog’ for want of a better way to put it.  Anyway, I have been planning a trip back down to Melbourne for about 2 months now, but it was then put on hold indefinitely after Erin passed away until I heard about when her service would be held in NZ – as that is now likely to be the middle of January, on Monday night it was all of a sudden ‘full steam ahead’ and Katie and I started making plans once again for the trip.  It’s taken me probably until yesterday before I started feeling brighter and looking forward to the trip, but now I think it will do me the world of good … getting away from home and away from the stress and pressures of work will be great.  Of course it just may make me more homesick for Melbourne and those friends I left behind …

When I get home I think I may need to take a quick visit to the GP as well … according to my hairdresser the itchy scalp I’ve been developing over the last few weeks is likely caused by stress and upheaval, as opposed to a reaction to my conditioner … I guess my body’s trying to tell me something!  Oh well, only two weeks left and I’ll get some TLC at home when I fly over to Mum and Dad’s for Christmas – something else that I’m really looking forward to.  Recent events brings it home even more that family is really important!

I haven’t picked up a needle for weeks now, so I guess that gives an idea of my mindset of late, as that’s super super unusual!  I did force myself to do a bit of home DIY, though, as I had a gift I needed to get ready for my trip to Melbourne.  Unfortunately other gifts still aren’t done, so I guess those’ll have to go in the post later. 

Here’s the results of my labours that I finished last night (just have to have the hooks/hangers screwed into the back):


A framing job I did first, but in a ready-made mat and frame from Target:


The gift I needed to get finished for this weekend (as it would be too hard to post) – this is for my ex-flatmate and friend Lisa for her birthday:


Then this one is especially for me – LHN’s Hannah Purington, to match our lounge’s marine/blue theme):


The piece de resistance – Graeme Ross’ Tiger … I’ve been waiting many many years to see this one framed!


And, finally, the one frame that I cocked up a bit (this was my 2nd framing attempt) … the corner shifted slightly when I was tightening up the clamps and I didn’t notice – c’est la vie, I still love it 🙂


These are all photos taken prior to adding the glass – I can’t believe it only cost AU$29 for 5 pieces to be cut, and the canvaswork and tiger pieces are decent sizes!  Anyway, I’m really quite proud of these for first attempts – it feels wonderful to be able to say “I did all that” … from the stitching to the mat cutting, frame making, and the actual framing itself.  I think I’ll be doing more in the future to give myself some more practice, and get some items out of the finishing pile.

Anyway, I’d better go get my packing done … it’s 8pm and I still haven’t even started yet!  Maybe there’s still a bit of reluctance hanging around under that black cloud, but I’m sure that’ll be shaken off by the morning 🙂

11 thoughts on “Back briefly”

  1. Wonderful framing on all pieces – and superb choices of mats and moulding, what a great eye you have. I hope your trip goes well and that you’ll be feeling better soon.

  2. Anne your framing is gorgeous!!!! I mean WOWZERS! Gorgeous! What type of mat cutter do you use? I’ve been thinking about getting one myself….

  3. Awesome framing! They all look absolutely perfect.

    Enjoy your trip home for Christmas, and hope you can relax while you are here.

  4. Great to hear from you, Anne! Wow, those framed pieces are just SUPER gorgeous. That tiger in particular is amazing! 😀

    I hope your upcoming trip home is everything you hope for and more!

  5. You’ve done a great job on your framing! (But I still like your first tiger, which is hanging proudly on my wall in an opshop frame..) The last photo here of the multicoloured pattern is absolutely stunning. You really are a brilliant needlewoman, Anne. If ever you wanted to raise some money, you could hire a hall and put all your work on show. Your blogger friends would come from all over and pay to see it!

  6. Those are great framing jobs. I used to work in a frame shop, so I know what is involved. And are you kidding! Cocked up the frame! No one will be looking at the frame; the stitching is too gorgeous!

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