Walnut Arts & Crafts Framed Counted Cross Stitch Rooster

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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 1241 days ago

good one ! nice job Bud

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

Thank you for your kind words, it is appreciated.

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

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#6 posted 1241 days ago

Both of you did a great job.

Very nice work.


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#7 posted 1241 days ago

Thank you much, I will pass the compliment along.

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

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#8 posted 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

Two great talents working together. Very very nice Max

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#10 posted 1241 days ago


Very beautiful work as always.

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#11 posted 1241 days ago

great pinning on those corners

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

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#12 posted 1241 days ago

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 1240 days ago

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 1240 days ago


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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