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« on: November 10, 2010 07:20:51 AM »

So I've been working on embroidery/cross-stitch pieces like a crazy person. I was keeping them in their hoops but I really like how they look framed more. I see people on etsy and here putting them in these beautiful, ornate, brightly colored frames - any idea where they may be getting them?

I think they may even be painting them themselves, but I'm still curious if there is a way to get a bunch of them fairly cheap (broke as woah over here).

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010 07:56:28 AM »

Also - I'm trying to find tea towels to embroider. I've seen them at Joanns for $5 a piece and some listed online, but they HAVE to be cheap to make if anyone has a tutorial I'd appreciate it!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010 01:56:22 PM »

You could try thrift stores and then paint them.

As for the towels, try different places online that sell them in bulk. I think Colonial Patterns may sell them in bulk or if you have signed up for coupons at JoAnn's, grab them when they are on sell with the coupon.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010 09:35:51 PM »

I second the thrift stores.You can find tons in all sizes and shapes for cheap. Just ignore the pics that may be in them.I found one that had a horrible 80's hotel type print on "canvas" in it and I gave the "canvas" to my daughter who promptly painted over it while I used the frame for a different art project all together.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010 08:18:00 AM »

I've gotten some of my frames from Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Check the sale ads. The frames are regularly on sale for 40-50% off, and Hobby Lobby has a weekly coupon for 40% off any one item in the store you can print from the website. Sometimes you can get lucky at closeout stores--TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross. Their merchandise is always changing, so a store that may have turned up nothing once may be a gold mine the next time you visit.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010 11:47:58 AM »

Thrift stores and Hobby Lobby are my 'go to' places for frames at decent prices. I also find lots of old hoops on to use as frames at Salvation Army...as well as floss and other craft items. The trick is to go about once a week to see what's come in!

Check your local Big Box store (Meijer, Walmart, Sam's, Costco) for 'Flour Sack Towels', a.k.a Tea Towels! At Sam's you can get ten for just over $12, which is a very good price as the towels are very heavy and sturdy.

Avoid Big Lot's and Dollar Store towels...the fabric is usually very flimsy and stretches too much as you stitch.

If you want really nice, colored tea towels, go to www.marymaxim.com. They have a whole array of tea towels in fashion colors and prints. They're $2.99 each in the retail store (pricey but worth it) and I don't know how much you'll pay for shipping.

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010 04:47:22 AM »

Thanks for the great ideas everyone! I'll check out the local thrift stores next weekend and see if my Joanns may carry multi-packs of the tea towels I can use a coupon on.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010 11:23:18 PM »

Super obvious tip alert: if you do go with second hand frames... paint them with spray paint. It's cheap, and easier to get a smooth finish than with 'regular' paint and brushes.
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