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STOP PRESS: last few places for northern framers. Click YORK for more about our picture framing training weekend.

Manchester dates: use the business week dates as a pic and mix to suit you.  If you only want to learn the basics, find out about Basics of Framing and Mount Decoration sessions.  There are also 3D Framing, Conservation Framing  and Fabric Framing – each one available individually.  Or of course you could go just for Business Day 1 – planning and getting started or Business Day 2  - ideas for marketing and filling your order book.

Other venues coming up around the country, are: Southampton (fully booked); Salisbury; York; Maidstone; Norwich.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Canvas Stretching


Of all of the framing processes we teach, canvas stretching is certainly the most popular after, of course, our basics programme.  It reflects the increase, especially amongst photographers, in having images enlarged and printed on to canvas to produce more dramatic framed artwork.  The trend is also popular amongst customers looking for a more exciting feature item such as family and wedding portraits.


 The good news is that our next training weekend, featuring canvas stretching, runs from 20th – 22nd June.  You can either start from scratch and book all 3 days or sign up for just the Canvas Stretching day on 22nd June.  Also, read on to hear some exciting news about our new image print package.

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A New Spin on Framing


It’s amazing how a few pointers can send your creative instincts into overdrive. Yvonne Milsome has been a regular on DIYframing training sessions, visits to open days and seminars.  It was at our Summer 2008 open day that she heard David Wilkie talk about how he uses various mount cutting and framing techniques to give his pieces a unique (and award winning) quality.  It was ahead of the launch of the first set of master classes that David ran for us in November last year.  Clearly, what Yvonne saw and heard made a big impression, inspiring her to create a piece of framing that took her a long way from the type of work she had done before.  To add to the pressure the customer was her husband: the project framing a limited edition Blondie “picture disc”.  For a breakdown of her ideas and how it all worked out click: Yvonne's Brilliant Framing Project


If you want to benefit from David’s expertise, for youself, he will be leading two more master classes in July 2009, over one weekend: DATES.  For more back ground read:  MASTER CLASSES REVEALED

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Big on Underpinners


The M3, one of our best selling joiners, has just been updated: it means they are now available for order and offer even better durability and reliability.  The M3 underpinner is just one of a range of joiners we stock: one of the most frequently asked questions on our courses is which joiner is best for me?  So at the same time as letting you know about the M3, we thought it might be helpful to run a feature on a range of joiners, their particular advantages and clarify limitations. MORE


We stock a variety of v-nails for use with the joiners.  Whilst most Logan joiners  can use the v-nails linked to the Alfa style underpinner, please remember the M1 & M3 have their own range.

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Everything from Image into Frame


Within the next few weeks, we will be launching a new service – image upload and print.  We have linked with a company that can offer prints on to canvas, fine art paper or photographic paper.  This means you can have brilliant image quality at the very start of your framing project.  Canvas wraps, stretched and framed; the very best quality giclée prints; limited edition prints: all of these will be available as well as the expert support and advice to make the most of image uploads.


It is the natural extension: from putting you in control of your picture framing to the more fundamental step of creating the image exactly as you want it.  One visit and you will have the complete package at your finger tips.  Watch this space.

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Art, Craft & Photographic Groups.


A few weeks ago, one of our trainers, Jan Doyle, spent a fascinating day at the Eastern Region Textiles Forum AGM in Cambridge.  This day acted as an AGM, members’ forum and exhibition.  Jan ran two seminars looking at the methods of preparing fabric based artwork for framing as well as how to build the frame.  The sessions were really well received especially as, for many, this was the first chance to see what really should go on behind the framer's glass.


These types of events are rare, especially where there is a chance to show and sell goods directly to artists’ groups.  However, on more informal occasions, we often visit clubs and groups during one of their meetings / sessions: we devise demonstrations and talks to suit the group’s membership.  We have been to photo clubs near Swindon, in Liverpool and in Windsor as well as art groups in Oxford.  The feedback is always very appreciative and we do see members at various training sessions afterwards.


If you are interested in having DIYframing provide a demonstration at one of your group’s meetings, why not contact us and find out how we may be able to help you?

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


May 2009

There are some exciting projects underway at DIYframing.  The new style frame finishes course gets its first run out this weekend (10th May) and there's the great news that David Wilkie will be running a mater class weekend for us in July.


It's never a good thing to give too much away too soon, but we are really excited about the new image upload and print service we will shortly be offering.  So you'll be able to create the image and buy the materials to frame it, all from one site: it doesn't get much more convenient than that! The launch for this service should be before the next, monthly newsletter.


Anyway, there is plenty to get your teeth into this month. We have an interesting project that one of our regular customers has outlined for us and the usual dates etc.  Then, as the M3 underpinner has had a subtle make over, we feature our full range of joiners to help you decide which one is best suited to you (or worth upgrading to).



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