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Both my mother and I love to create cross stitch Christmas ornaments to give as gifts each year. Unfortunately, we can no longer find the frames we use to finish them. They were made by the Westex Corporation, which has been sold. The frames we need are round 2 and 3 inch gold frames that come with a back and a clear plastic front to protect the cross stitch. If any readers have any they would be willing to part with, I would love to hear from them!
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Thanks for the suggestion! I'm not much of a seamstress (I was ever so big going to be a big shot-lawyer and buy all of my clothes; I'm a teacher instead !), so I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to warm and natural batting. What exactly is that?
warm and natural (name brand) is thin quilt batting...comes in white and ecru....and would look good sandwiched between the front and back of the stitchery....and that way you also would not see the stitching from the back, I try and keep the back looking as good as the front...but sometimes it's not possible...LOL...most fabric stores and quilt shops carry it, and there are other brands...and you most likely would want to use thin batting...so the ornaments would lay flat...
and sewing would be easy....all straight stitches and you could even do it by hand if you couldn't use a sewing machine....
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I think I have some of the frames, if you can be patient with me to find them. I have such a stash of cross stitch supplies and I don't do much cross stitch anymore, and I just have to locate them. E-mail me when you get this message at email@example.com
I have used fusible interfacing on the back of cross stitch projects. They iron on so no sewing skills are required. I overlap the interfacing on the back by 2 or 3 inches so that when it is cut out, the interfacing is still on the back and keeps the edges from fraying. I have also used self-sticking felt on the back of Christmas ornaments, using ribbon to make a loop at the top. I have found the self-sticking felt at Michael's and Wal Marts that have a craft dept.
I say your post about frames. I also am an avid cross stitcher and get many of my supplies on ebay. I see the little plastic frames all of the time. I don't know that they have a sheath of clear plastic to cover the stitching though. Another idea would be to use double stick tape and either mount directly to a foamie shape premade or one you cut out, and gluing a loop of ribbon for a hanger or using the same method use cardstock and hole punch the top for a ribbon hanger.
I am also looking for the mini cross-stitch frames with backs, that Westex used to sell everywhere
- Walmart, craft shops, Big Lots. Now, they are nowhere to be found...not even at JoAnn.
I am thinking about trying the 123 stitch website....some they show are snowflake-shape. I wonder why
even sell those without backs...that makes no sense at all, to me. Too, Joann still sells the mini pattern
books...but without selling frames, what's the point???
last year we were making Chrismons for our church and I was able to find these frames at both craft shops "A.C. Moore" and "Ben Franklin Crafts". I think that both of these companies have on-line stores if you don't have one close to you. They ran about $3 for a package of three and was able to get round, square and heart shapes.
Have you thought of going with a more "country" feel and using the small wooden hoops that you cross stitch in? they have the little screw on top, you can tie a ribbon to, and trim the back down, cover with paper or card board and then add lace around the edge? I do candle wicking and use this method to finish and it is quite lovely.
mamajack Chrismons for our church and I was able to find these frames
I was wondering if thr Chrismons were cross stitch, or something else. I am always on the look out for nice ornaments for our own tree.
glad to know I'm not the only one would love to have thos little gold frames back. I bought a ton of those a couple of years back. I'm now out of the 2-inch and 3-inch round frames. I have left heart-shaped, star-shaped, and square.....and those don't fit everything. this year for Christmas, I'm trying perforated paper. First time I've ever used it. wish me luck!!!
I am now in the situation you were in last year - I am looking for the little gold frames for embroideries I make as gifts /craft show sales.
I had some from previous years but now running out - they no longer stock them at Michaels - I was wondering if anyone came to your rescue or you have since found an alternative solution? Right now I need the 2" squares.
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