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.

Framing collections

Do you have a collection of pictures, buttons, pins, records, holiday cards, ornaments and/or odds and ends that belonged to someone in your family? Framing is a great way to display something with special meaning. If you’re not sure where to begin, bring them to us and we will offer some design ideas.

One customer came to Wyman Frame with a box full of rusty metal tools and other items that had been dug up around the old shade tree where his relative worked on cars and farm machinery.

We looked at samples and talked about what he had in mind, and came up with a final design that won First Place and Best in Show in the Creative Arts – Collections division at the 2016 Oklahoma State Fair.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1983 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

What to expect when custom picture framing

Welcome to a new feature: Carla’s Corner.

Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer with the frame and mat board selection process at Wyman Frame.
Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer at Wyman Frame.

Hello! I’m Carla and I work at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). I have been a Certified Picture Framer since 1983 and have framed for DRTC for two years.

We offer two basic types of framing: Fast Frames where you begin your framing experience based on price or Custom Framing where you begin your framing experience based on best final framing outcomes.

Having something custom framed can seem intimidating but it really is not. There are a few things to have in mind when arriving at the showroom studio that will make the process go smoother. Relax. It will be fun.

  • Give your framer a little information about the item to be framed. Ask questions.
  • Be open to ideas but don’t be afraid to let your framer know what you do or don’t like.
  • Entertain new ideas that maybe you wouldn’t have thought of.
  • Pick something you will enjoy living with daily and for a long time.
  • Relax and have fun. Be creative!

Shop for a Cause!  When you purchase from Wyman Frame you are also providing people with disabilities work opportunities; it’s a win-win for all!

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