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Everything is moving on so quickly it seems odd giving you the "heads up" on dates into early Summer.  However it is only a matter of about 10 weeks before we are thinking of two, weekend workshops for May.  So here are the main venues to watch out for. Cheltenham with just a few places left; Newcastle Upon Tyne before heading for the complete Business Development Week in Beaconsfield.  We then head in to Ireland with a Belfast visit in the middle of April, before Southampton and York in May. 

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Spring In Ireland


Rarities always have more written about them and are therefore seen as being more significant.  This will be our third visit to Ireland and Belfast specifically.   DIYframing has a great customer base in Ireland and it's a constant source of frustration that we can't spend longer there, touring and training.  However, whichever way you look at it, there are increased costs involved in moving kit and trainers on visits across the sea.  The Stitch & Creative Arts Show in Belfast provides us with that chance to take a van load of kit for sale and demonstration. This year we will be attending again, at the Kings Hall Belfast, from 16th - 18th April 2009. As well as being able to make real savings from buying at an exhibition, there is the added advantage of being able to see kit demonstrated.


Having the van and training kit already there, it makes great sense to use the opportunity to run a full training weekend: Art & Photography Framing, 18th - 19th April.  So, although we would love to do a grand tour, for the foreseeable future, our annual Belfast excursion might just be it.  Don't miss out - there are still a few places left.

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Boost for Beaconsfield


Beaconsfield rarely gets a mention in the newsletter for its training. Why?  Because we assume everyone is in tune with the fact that we run a constant stream of training there and that you are all on the edge of your seats, waiting to book up for the next suitable event. Not really, but we do have constant updates of training at Beaconsfield on our home page. However, it could be easy to forget that Beaconsfield is also the venue for our more varied programme of courses - the ones which rarely travel away from home.  For instance, the Business Development week features 3 practical days which can be booked separately: 3D Framing; Conservation Framing; Fabric Framing.  These will only have been run once outside of Beaconsfield (June 2009, Manchester) in 3 years. Similarly, Beaconsfield HQ is booked for a very special weekend in May - in fact so rare, even we can't think of a pun or zappy name for it.  It doesn't need to be booked as a 'two - dayer' ... but it could be.  Saturday 9th May is a Framing Memorabilia (Sports Shirt framing) day; Sunday 10th May is "brand new" Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames course.  Heady stuff for early summer.

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Brand New Product Launch


It is rare that something brand new comes on to the market.  Even rarer is the chance to be in the front with its UK launch.  That's happened for DIYframing with Logan's launch of its Foamwerk range. Foam board is light weight, but structurally sturdy, making it ideal in framing projects: spacers; deep bevels; support & construction; box making etc.  An issue has always been how to get clean accurate cuts without tearing or puckering the core.


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New Kit In Store

Contour knifeOne of the strangest collections in our on-line store is the Framing Accessories section.  Glass cleaner, corner gauges and rubber mallets feature within its contents. So it's always worth browsing there to find so many of the odds and ends of kit that are often overlooked, but, nevertheless, are completely indispensable.


Disposable, Snap Off Knife

Three new items have also been placed there for sale:

The Contour Knife - a good, sturdy work knife with durable blades


The Disposable Snap Off knife - you can snap off the blade so that you constantly have a sharp end available


Adjustable Roller Stand

Adjustable Roller Stand - useful supports when working on large frames and full lengths of moulding.


None of them is worth a feature on its own, but each one is just really useful to know about!  And they are, of course, new for you to buy from us.

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Canvas at a Stretch


There is no noubt that there has been a massive growth in having images printed onto canvas, ready for framing. Within the next few weeks, we are hoping to add a complete new service to DIYframing: image upload and transfer.  This will mean that you can have your favourite shots transferred to art paper or canvas ready for you to do the rest with your framing.  To make sure you can work to the standard you want, as well as the stretcher profile moulding we already stock, we now have an exciting new suite of top quality stretcher bars. The range features 3 levels: professional, exhibition and museum.  The varying grades reflect the construction profile, size as well as cost.  It means that whether you are framing artwork for yourself, or for others, you will be able to ensure that it is correctly catered for in the materials you use. 


The bottom line will be that you can transfer images to canvas, buy all tools and materials to stretch and frame your work and even learn how to stretch and frame canvases yourself. The scope of service on offer from DIYframing will, in all probability, be unique. AND, of course, if you do still want somebody to stretch and frame your work for you, we will be offering that too.


Our next Canvas Stretching training session is 22nd June, Beaconsfield. Book now.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


March 2009

We had a brilliant time at Focus on Imaging 2009. It was great to see so many of you and talk you through the whole range of framing kit available from DIYframing. In such a harsh financial climate it was good to be amongst such positive individuals, passionate about their work and interests, as well as being so keen to find out more about picture framing. 


It also means that the community regularly receiving information from us about picture framing has subsequently broadened.  If this is your first newsletter from us, we hope you find it useful.


This month we highlight the venues for our next suite of training weekends and draw your attention to the different range of of courses coming up in Beaconsfield.  We have a lot of new kit & materials to tell you about. This includes the launch of an exciting, new product range for working with foam core board.



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