To resume a normal life I opted to have it framed so it can be safe(r) from sticky fingers but not relegated to some forgotten drawer. You might have noted in the updated Home Tour that the newly framed embroidery piece now lives in the hallway (a distance from sunlight and kitchen/fireplace smells):
I brought the embroidery to a local framing store in my hometown (yes, I hauled in 1500kms), because the man who owns that particular framing store is extremely talented and has a modern aesthetic. I highly recommend avoiding the big boxes (I always pay more there and they always seem to want to steer me toward the really 80s styles) and bring your framing to a locally owned business. The staff will get to know your style, can make appropriate recommendations and will dedicate the time required to produce a quality product, often for a lower price.
I submit my newly framed embroidery as an example:
The hallways is getting brighter and airier. Here it is today . . .
. . . and January, 2011. I swapped the black frames awhile ago and now the large black frame housing our beach photo is re-located too.
|January 2011 - subtle changes have a HUGE effect!|