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There is a real variety of venues for training over the next few months. Coming up, very soon, is our weekend in Newark. In August we head off to Brighton and Nuneaton, as well as a home visit in Beaconsfield. Then, in September, we are away in Salisbury, Cambridge, Barnsley and Exeter.


As well as the standard package, don’t forget the special days: Mount Cutting Master Classes in Beaconsfield, Canvas Stretching in Nuneaton and a Frame Finishes class, also in Beaconsfield. Now you can’t tell us there isn’t something to suit!

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Art In Action


This year, at Art in Action, more than 400 artists, designer-makers, craftsmen and women, musicians, performers, teachers and lecturers come together over four days to stage the most exciting arts event of its kind in Europe. As well as exhibitions and expert workshops, there will be a whole variety of stands. DIYframing will have plenty for you to see and discover on its stand. Along with expert advice and demonstrations we will have a full range of tools and equipment for sale. It should be great day out for all.


Come and see us from July 16th – 19th at the ART IN ACTION show, Waterperry House, Nr Oxford.


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DIYFraming, Picture Framing Competition


DIYframing is pleased to announce its first ever framing competition. To get your creative juices flowing, we are giving you a chance to start planning ahead of application forms being posted.


The Theme - Summer Holidays:  There is no limit on what you choose to frame, but the artwork itself will not be judged: it is the overall effect, design and quality of the framed piece that will determine prize winners. So be creative with the framing and try to capture an element of the competition theme in the design, rather than relying simply on the artwork to convey the idea of Summer Holidays.


Stuck for ideas? Sign up for Framing Master Classes with David Wilkie, 25th & 26th July. Now he does win prizes!



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Summer Open Day


Another date for the diary. Our Summer Open Day will take place on Saturday, 12th September at our Beaconsfield HQ, 10.00 am – 2.30 pm  We know it is going to be a brilliant day - just look at what's there! Remember entry and attendance of all events are free.

Special features include:

  • Exhibition of competition entries (and your chance to vote)
  • Sales showroom - open with some great discounts
  • Bargains and clearance sales - mouldings from as little as 50 pence per metre and ex demo tools.
  • Demonstrations of equipment
  • Solutions to framing problems

Look out for more details on the website within the next few weeks.

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Framed Cross Stitch Makeover


It could be a matter of personal preference making you want to re-frame something. Creating a new look for a room might urge you to ring the changes. Sensing that the original framing hasn’t been done well and that, to give the artwork a fighting chance, you want to start from scratch. And sometimes it’s all of those combined making you reach for the pliers.  A few years ago, I was given a piece of framed cross stitch as a present. It is a well crafted piece of work (by a family member). Its true value is with the work involved producing it alongside the thought of the gift. However, as with much of this art form, the original frame had been created purely as a practical mechanism for hanging it on a wall. End result, a few weeks’ work in the stitching, but only 30 minutes in the framing. It deserved better.



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Framing Project 4


This new project in the library is all about fabric framing. As well as giving practical methods for working with fabric based art, there is help with creating a more contemporary style of framing for this art form. In this case, it was based around a re-framing project rather than starting from scratch. For background to the piece, read through the previous article. Otherwise click Project Library and look for the Ugly Duckling feature.

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New Look Handy Hints


A while ago we said that we would be redrafting our Handy Hints sheets. This has been completed and we hope you enjoy the new look. As well as giving the information sheets a face lift, we have tried to make diagrams and explanations as clear as possible. There is now a new sheet available about sawing mitres using the Logan Pro Saw.


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3D Framing DVD


We have a new DVD in the store: 3D Object Framing DVD with Dave Woolass

Ever wanted to know how to frame that unusual object? In this video, Dave shows you in detail how to frame 'Little Ted'- a small teddy bear, very easily using the 'Tapered Box' method made from everyday framing materials.  MORE>>

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Store Icon Update


We have updated the store icons and tried to attach more intuitive groupings to each of the nine headings. There is also a new category “Workshop” featuring tools, equipment and books to help you organise your framing work space.

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Special Offer - HALF PRICE!!

In order to create warehouse space we are having a clear out of stretcher bar stocks. This means half-price standard stretcher bars and braces until we run out.  A simple concept and savings that are too good to miss. Click STRETCHER BARS and / or BRACES for prices.
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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


July 2009

This month's newsletter is bursting with information.  We will be running our own framing competition to showcase the quality of DIY's framers.  To make it our own, entries are limited to DIYframing "members".  Full terms, conditions, prize details and application forms will be published shortly.  In the meantime you have the chance to get yourselves organised.


Other items include dates for courses, exhibitions and the Summer Open Day, this year featuring an exhibition of the competition entries. Also the fourth of our framing projects tempts you to give some old framing a bit of a makeover. 


So there's plenty to keep you busy this summer in the framing workshop.


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