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Petersfield Framing Studios
Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield, Hants
GU32 3NJ

Case Studies Petersfield Framing Studio

On this page we show you some interesting work done by us.

We are asked to frame a lot of textile work such as embroidery, tapestry, cross stitch and other mixed media to name but a few. I am always in awe of the detail created by many customers and the time and patience displayed on these projects is always incredible. I have mentioned other case studies involving textiles but a recent tapestry that came into my workshop was an exceptionally amazing piece to frame and is more than worthy of a mention.

The customer came in with a section of the famous Bayeux tapestry which he had re-created from a book and a pattern that he had modified to the size he wanted. The customer was convalescing and was looking for something to do to fill the time. Tapestries was his chosen hobby. Personally I am always amazed at the detail and the images created using textiles. The amount of time taken and hence the dedication to create the images is also incredible. Here the achievement is even more amazing as the customer had never stitched before in his life. Here is the finished tapestry before framing.

 

 

Here are a couple of close up images to show the detail of the work.

 

 

 

The first part of the job involved stretching the tapestry over a suitable acid-free board. This was quite a time consuming task as you might imagine but the most important aspects of this part of the job are that firstly the board behind the tapestry is acid free and so will protect the material that the tapestry is stitched onto. Secondly the lacing process is totally reversible so the tapestry could be easily returned to it's original state before framing. Here is the back of the tapestry after lacing.

 

 

 

Once the tapestry had been laced the over mount could be added. A double mount was chosen, partly to complement two colours in the picture, partly to help keep the glass away from the tapestry.

 

 

The green was a good choice as this complemented the many uses of green in the tapestry. However there were many combinations of over mounts (especially double mounts) that worked very well with the image. The frame chosen was a walnut lacquered veneer which the gloss effect of the lacquer was slightly reduced with wire wool.

 

 

The customer kept a tally of how many hours the tapestry took to complete. The final count was 272 hours.

 

A customer recently came in with a digital photo frame that needed to go on display at a stately home. The idea was to show various images of the home in a way that helps attract all audience ages with the use of digital media. However, as you might imagine, the digital frame with a slik black plastic surround looked totally out of place in it's stately location.

 

 

So the customer wondered if it was possible to frame a frame so to speak. The idea of putting a frame around a frame is not that difficult but the two big issues were that the new frame had to stand up as the original digital frame does.

 

 

The digital frame measured about 10" x 8" and was pretty heavy. Hence the new strut back would need to be very sturdy to prevent the frame falling over. The frame would also need to be fairly deep to accomodate the depth of the digital frame. With this in mind the customer chose a deep ash profile rounded on the edges with a small gold slip to go into the rebate to add a slightly more antique effect. The black border of the digital photo frame was also covered with a suitable green over mount.

 

 

It was also decided that the frame should be stained a medium oak colour to blend in with it's eventual surroundings.

The next problem was how to leave the back accessible so that the memory card for the digital images could be removed to update images and replaced with ease. The best method that we came up with was to construct a partial back to the frame and utilise the four holes on the back of the digital frame that are used to screw all digital monitors to the wall. You will see a very similar standard design template on the back of your own computer flat screen monitors or flat screen televisions with four such holes. Using the correct size of metric thread bolts we screwed through the stained batten on the back to secure both the digital frame into the new frame and provide a suitably strong platform for the new strut back. This was then hinged onto the new partial backing.

 

 

So that the struct back would not slip in any way a gate hook was used to secure the strut to the partial back of the new frame. This also ensured that the digital frame was displayed at the correct angle.

 

 

The finished effect is a mixture of old world styling meeting with modern world digital technology. At the stately homes hopefully it will keep the kids happy for a while!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have framed several fans as a picture framer over the years but these two were so exquisite in their design and lacework I really wanted to show them off here. The fans were believed to be Victorian and a relative of the customer used them during her own wedding ceremony. It is a real shame that items like these are often just kept in their original boxes in a drawer somewhere in the house and rarely see the light of day. Framing changes all that and allows you to display your interesting fashion accessories for all to see.

The customer wanted to display the fans in a white frame. As the fans are very deep the frame selected had to be a deep rebated plain ash painted white. The backing needed to be as neutral as possible so that the framing choices did not detract from the beauty of the fans. Therefore a light grey board was selected.

 

 

The fans were not to be fully extended so with careful working out and use of a protractor the fans were stitched to the backing board. The stitch work allowed the fan to be easily removed if necessary in the future using strict conservation techniques. This ensured that the fans could be placed back into their boxes or indeed even used again as fans if ever required. This may sound a little unlikely but you never know what future generations may choose to do with them. Therefore it is vital that we as the framers have done nothing in the framing process that is not reversible to prevent any future uses of the fans.

The frames were added and the box technique was used to keep the glass away from the fans.

 

A truly stunning effect for both fans and preserved so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this delicate work.

 

This job was bought in by a customer who used to play rugby whilst serving with the armed forces. He also remains a keen fan of rugby and was featured in an article at a recent international match at Twickenham. The customer wanted all four items in a hand painted frame and so the first thing to do was to decide the final layout of the four items. This can be a bit tricky with items that are distinctly different shapes as you can get some odd proportion borders. However the items seemed to fit together pretty well when arranged like this.

The shirt was folded to keep the size and ultimately the cost of the frame down as much as possible. The idea was that the shirt and the cap would be stitched onto the backing mount board and apertures would be cut for both the new programme article and the original programme for the rugby match. Conservation is a priority as with every project and so the shirt and the cap were stitched on to the card so that the process could be easily reversed if it was ever needed.

The customer requested that the frame needed to match the colour of the shirt and so we painted a deep ash moulding profile this colour. To save the customer coming down to the workshop to see if he liked the frame colour we e-mailed the above mock up with the painted frame sample next to the shirt. Once the final colour was approved we added the frame and created a box effect to keep the glass away from the items displayed.

For projects like this the finished effect does look like a display case and of course protects items in the same way. A great way to preserve items of priceless sentimental value whilst also maintaining the ability to display your memories to others.

 

We are often asked to frame what I would describe as 3-D art and framing a customer's sugar wedding bouquet definitely falls into the 3-D framing category. The wedding bouquet was actually in three parts and was used as decoration around the customer's wedding cake. The customer felt that it was such a shame for such a beautiful work of art to just sit in a box in a draw at her home that she wanted to display the flowers for everyone to see. This is a familiar story with many picture framing projects.

As with all projects like this there are two very important aspects to deal with:

1. The depth of frame needed to keep the glass away from the bouquet.

2. To make sure the flowers could be removed again if required without harming them.

There is also the fact that the flowers are very delicate to handle so care must be taken not to crack the sugar flowers. The customer decided that a white gold frame and a wedgewood grey background were the desired framing materials and so the first stage would be to attach the sugar flower bouquet onto the backing card.

A piece of cotton was temporarily placed accross the mount board to align the flowers correctly. The flowers were simply attached with cotton so the flowers could be easily removed in the future if needed. This is also a conservation technique as the flowers can be easily returned to their original state and would have been undamamged or changed in any way by the picture framing process.

The next stage was to make the chosen frame deep enough to accomodate the flowers. The frame chosen was wide enough to use a batten to deepen the frame accordingly. Then the batten was screwed to the back of the frame.

The sides of the frame were coloured with a suitable gold tone to match the frame chosen, in this case a white gold scoop about 20mm wide. The box was slightly stepped back from the edge of the frame so it would not show when the finished framed bouquet was viewed directly from the front.

Then the mounted flowers were fitted into the frame with a suitable fillet to keep the glass away from the flowers. This fillet was the same colour as the mountboard so that the finished frame is a 3-D box effect.

There are of course many ways to frame a project like this but this is a very effective way of complementing the colours in the flowers with the frame whilst creating a contrast with the flowers with the wedgewood colour mountboard. A terrific way to protect such a delicate piece of art and to share this with your friends and family.