Walnut Arts & Crafts Framed Counted Cross Stitch Rooster

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Project by Max posted 03-28-2011 10:18 PM 2385 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by my cousins wife to make a frame for this counted cross stitch rooster that she had done. I sent her pictures of different finished woods surrounding the mated cross stitch and she picked this walnut. The frame is constructed with mortise and tennon pegged joinery. The pegs have been ebonized. The finish is satin lacquer and then a dark wax applied. The cross stitch is a beautiful piece in and of itself and took quite some time to do. I was very pleased that she asked me to do the frame.

I learned a lot in framing this cross stitch. To mount the cross stitch it is pinned (with 1” stainless steel straight pins) to a piece of acid free foam core. I used approximately. 200 pins to mount this 13” x 13” cross stitch. It was a fun project even doing the double mat. Thanks for looking….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 10:57 PM

good one ! nice job Bud

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 11:19 PM

I like that frame! Nice mat job, too.
My wife has hers stretched and mounted so I don’t know how that’s done. Why so many pins???

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 11:39 PM

Dan, Thanks for the compliment.

I appreciate the kind words. You have to pin it about every 1/4” to 3/8” around all edges into the side of the foam board.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 11:43 PM

Beautiful frame to surround a great cross-stitch creation.

Very nice to both of you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 11:46 PM

Thank you for your kind words, it is appreciated.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 11:49 PM

Both of you did a great job.

Very nice work.


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#7 posted 03-28-2011 11:52 PM

Thank you much, I will pass the compliment along.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 01:23 AM

OUTSTANDING!!! Great choice on the mats. You can tell when you have done a good job on the framing when the framing enhances the picture so that the observer focuses on the art not the frame. I think you accomplished that. Although us woodworkers and picture framers see the craftmanship in the frame.
Well done friend.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 01:29 AM

Two great talents working together. Very very nice Max

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 01:35 AM


Very beautiful work as always.

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 01:41 AM

great pinning on those corners

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 03-29-2011 01:49 AM

John, Thank you so much, coming from a framer and woodworker it is appreciated.

Jim, I appreciate the kind words and will pass it along.

Tom and Roger. Thank you for your compliment

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 03-29-2011 09:45 PM

Good looking project Max, I like the way you did the frame. I want to try that sometime. I did a simmilar piece with mitered corners. A customer brought me a plastic chicken feed bag with a rooster on it and a piece of barnwood. I got paid for it, but yours looks better.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 03-29-2011 09:56 PM


I appreciate the kind words, I really like the way the pegs turned out myself.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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