Framing needlework

The possibilities in framing are endless. You never really know what treasured item a customer will bring in to have transformed into a masterpiece—from a wedding dress to a collection of items to board games and beyond.

One piece of artwork that came in recently caught our attention: a portrait of a young woman. At first glance it looked like a painting, but upon taking another look, we discovered it was completely done in needlework. Those of you who have worked in this medium know it can take many hours to complete a piece. This particular design took our customer 14 months to finish. She used a tent stitch on needlepoint canvas with 81 colors of thread; overall, she made 196,000 stitches on this beautiful piece.

The process

The customer brought in the needlework rolled up and we found it was a little misshapen. We laid it out and picked mat and frame colors. Before we could start framing, we needed to straighten the canvas.

The first step was cutting a thick board for stretching and lacing the needlework. We used pushpins to pin the canvas in place.

Then we used a process called lacing to sew the edges on the back. This keeps the work stretched and in place without doing any damage to it.

Backside of needlework art showing lacing that is helping stretch out the canvas.

Heirloom artwork

Once we re-shaped the canvas, we removed the pins and resumed the typical framing process. The crew at Wyman Frame cut the mat and glass, assembled it and added backing.

The finished product was a beautiful frame that complimented the beloved work that will be an heirloom for our customer and her family. We have high respect for the amount of work that is put into each piece of needlework and will take great care in helping to make it a beautiful piece of art to be admired for many years.

Completed framed needlework.

Bring your family heirlooms, artwork and photographs to Wyman Frame for quality framing that meets your budget, and help provide jobs for people with disabilities at the same time.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC for four years.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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New Civitan club officially chartered

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is raising awareness of persons with disabilities by sponsoring a new civic club open to people of all abilities.

Happy Trails Civitan Charter members
Happy Trails Civitan Club Charter members

The Happy Trails Civitan Club, sponsored by DRTC, adds a new dimension to the social and civic portions in the lives of people with disabilities. These individuals are finding more work in the community and may or may not be living with their families any more.

“We are looking at the whole person,” says Michael T. Jones, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at DRTC. “We love this opportunity for people with disabilities to have a safe place to be able to give back to the community that has supported them.”

Civitan International President Duane Capps addresses the Civitans
Civitan International President Duane Capps

Civitan International President Duane Capps made it official with a pinning ceremony at Wyman Frame – a division of DRTC. President Capps and other Civitan leaders, comprised of the Heartland and Great Southwest Districts, attended the ceremony as part of their regional meetings in Oklahoma City.

Agency staff lead tours throughout parts of the campus, highlighting the abilities of those it serves and showing how we all live life side by side. Attendees took part in interactive demonstrations from Prism Place (DRTC’s awards, trophies and promotional items division), Wyman Frame (picture frames) and subcontracting projects.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Happy Trails Civitan Club membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Regular meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm at Wyman Frame (2502 N. Utah Ave. in OKC).

About Civitan International

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917, Civitan now has active service clubs in 48 countries around the world. Members conduct service projects and volunteer in their community. For more information, please visit www.civitan.org, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.

 About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Production-style framing

Framing individual photos, pieces of art or other collections can test any framer’s creativity, but production-style framing presents an entirely new set of challenges.

Everything from materials to physical space to staff must either be bought or managed, all while trying to meet the customer’s budget and due date.

Wyman Frame has a proven track record of successfully mass producing various framed pieces, from an office-wide renovation project to a nearly 300-frame project for the Oklahoma Tourism Department at the Lodge at Sequoyah State Park.

Repeat business

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Julie and Pennie hold a fully assembled framed portrait.

We were thrilled to have the Tourism Department place another order at Wyman Frame—this time for the new lodge at Lake Murray, scheduled to open mid-February.

Susan Dragoo, a photographer from Oklahoma, photographed locations around the park. Large photos were produced for the rooms and other public areas of the lodge.

The process

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Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, and Julie prepare a piece for dry mounting.

We cut mats and Plexiglas, dry mounted the photos, and built the frames.

It takes a lot of planning, ordering, cutting and prep work for an order of this size. We brought in several crews of clients to work production-style.  It takes extra care when handling large pieces.

The photographs were beautiful and I’m sure will add to the pleasurable experience of staying in the new lodge.

Framing history

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Framed Lake Murray board game.

Lake Murray is the first and largest state park in Oklahoma. In addition to the photographs, we also framed many memorabilia items they accumulated over the years, such as old postcards, photos, blueprints, menu from the restaurant and even an old Lake Murray board game.

In all, our talented crew framed nearly 150 items for Lake Murray. Check it out the next time you’re there, and don’t forget to choose Wyman Frame, which helps provide jobs for people with disabilities, for your framing needs.

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Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC for three years.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.