Creative Design - New Projects in the Library

Look of original framed pieceJust before Christmas we held another open day. The seminar / demonstration on this occasion was all about ideas for creating a range of looks for one piece of artwork. Using a piece of cross stitch as an example we developed 3 distinctive framed versions, looking at how to accommodate practical requirements of the piece with a few clever mount cutting and decorative techniques. This resulted in some very different ways of presenting the piece and a chance to see how each of the moulding types worked with each of the mount versions: so 3 mouldings x 3 mount options = 9 possible outcomes. In fairness, there were really 3 designed looks, but because the mouldings were all built to the same glass size, we did a bit of a mix and match.

 

New Projects

Over the next few weeks, we will be running each of the 3 planned for designs as new projects in our framing library. If you are not into needlecraft, don’t be put off, because all of the skills described are equally relevant to all types of artwork. Also, the methods and techniques described can be combined in a wide variety of ways to produce your own particular look.

Framed Cross-Stitch

The piece we used for the demonstration was brought in by one of our regular customers. Its original frame was similar to the one illustrated here. It was presented in a fairly traditional way, although, only using a single mount, the sewn-in beads were pressed up against the glass. Also, the picture had been stuck around a piece of cardboard, with the corners of the fabric cut to avoid overlap on the back. As you will see from the project details, we were able to stretch and pin the piece before framing, hopefully ensuring a more stable system of support and less likelihood of future damage.

 

Modern Lines

The first method shown (Creative Design: Project 6a) combines clean-cut, modern lines with fine elements of rich colours used in the artwork. A dark wood moulding is in sympathy with the subject of the cross-stitch but has the depth and crisp edges to allow it to work with the trend for a more minimal interior design. Having a mainly white background draws attention to the artwork and the wide proportions of the borders give a lighter feel.

 

To see the project sheet click: Project Library and look for Project 6a Creative Design

Framed Cross-Stitch

Framed Cross-Stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Styles

Above are how the moulding styles used in the other projects looked with this “mount package”. We thought the black ash, square cut moulding(left) also works well. The moulding used in the last option is  a white, deep rebate moulding with bevel edge.

Posted on: 06-Jan-2010@11:03:50, updated on: 06-Jan-2010@11:03:50.

 
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