Not too long ago I went to the thrift store and found a plastic box full of sewing notions for .50 cents. When I got home and looked through them I found several vintage needlebooks tucked inside. You can probably imagine my squeals of joy....LOL!
I bought (also at the thrift store) an ugly plain smooth blonde wood for $1 and took it home and redid it to my liking. I then made a display of the needlebooks to keep them safe.
This was inteded for my craftroom wall, but my husband liked it so much that he hung it in our front room instead.
Sorry at the amount of pics. I just love it so much that I wanted everyone to see......
Here is the whole shebang (A little blurry):
Here are some closeups of the needlebooks themselves:
And here are some closeup of the frame (which in person looks just like metal):
If anyone would like to know how I altered the frame just let me know.
***Tutorial added below!***
Thanks for all the compliments! That was sweet of you
And because Mave asked...here is a tutorial on how to make the frame........
One ugly picture frame with glass and back. Any shape, size, color, or material.
Cording (or beads)
Craft glue (preferably quick drying
Hot glue (Not necessary but helpful)
Black Acrylic Paint (Though other colors would be interesting)
Felt (color of your choice)
*Dismantle frame and set back and glass aside.
*Rip off 4 strips of tinfoil slightly longer than each side of your frame and wide enough to wrap frame side fronts and sides.
*Wad up each piece of foil individually (not to tightly)then carefully unwad each piece being careful not to tear it.
*Smooth each pieces of foil flat. It will (and should!) retain alot of wrinkles.
*Cut cording to the desired lengths and hotglue them to the frame in the design of your choice. You can also use flat beads to embellish your frame. Hot glue them on as you desire.
*With a paintbrush "paint" one side of your frame with white craft glue and wrap the corresponding piece of fooil over the front and side. Carefully press the foil around any cording or beads, again being careful not to tear the foil. Continue with the other 3 sides.
*Allow foiled pieces to dry.
*Cover back with felt or other material of your choice. I wrapped mine like a present and hot glued it to the back. There is no glue on the side facing the glass.
*When glued foil is dry paint one side completely with black acrylic paint making sure to cover all of the foil. Allow to sit approx. 30 seconds then wipe paint off with paper towels or napkins. Wipe off as much paint as you need to get your desired metallic look. Continue with the other 3 sides. The paint will stay in the recessed areas of the foil and the wiping will allow the silver of the foil to show through. Allow to dry.
*After everything is dry reassemble your frame....making sure to trim any access foil off the inside and back edges (a razor knife works great)...also make sure to clean off any fingerprints off of the INSIDE of the gloass wefore you put it together
I had to take mine apart again to clean it.