Fruits of Our Labour

The weekend picture framing workshop was exhausting; seriously, from 8.30AM to 5PM or later, both days, but oh, so rewarding.

Ben went for complicated stuff: double mats and double frames and the like, while I went for simple but beautiful things.

Being in the company of so many people all day tired me, albeit lovely company. I hope a couple of the ladies will become fast friends.

There were in all around 16 students, framing old photos, new photos, paintings, and one Rosemary framed a miniature shirt her grandfather sewed in 1915 at the end of his pattern maker apprenticeship in Kaiapoi; I wished I had photographed that sublime piece.

Ben's already talking about the next time. I would like to strip and paint some moldings we have to suit my textiles and/or frame a mirror next time.

Tutor Lance Trolle teaches all over the Nelson/Tasman regions; he also mentioned Blenheim. For details, Google "Lance Trolle" or inquire directly.

I will show you one way to frame textiles in due course; it's how I framed my needlepoint piece (which sat in my sock drawer for about a decade) above.


  1. Thank you, Geodyne. I get a bit tired of the exactitude required to make frames. I think if I were taller and had longer arms, I might give picture framing and book binding a more serious effort, but cutting for both of these crafts is so difficult!

    I'm happy to dabble.

  2. We finally sent an art replica of Picasso that we bought from Museo Picasso De Malaga that we brought back all the way from Spain!

    The framing cost more than the artwork itself! haha..

  3. Tragedy, but it's quite often like that. I know we spend up to 10 times as much on frames than on posters, for e.g.

    It's not a bad thing to learn, Koropok Man, particularly if you're a photographer.

  4. Everything looks so professional. Well chosen. I too have issues with cutting card etc and decided to leave book making to others that I could admire with my purse! Never thought of it being my height. I know I have 3 or 4 inches on you but I still need leg extenders to get on top of work.
    I love that tapestry. So .... gardeny!

  5. Professional equipment definitely helped - particularly the guillotine and the stapler for the corners. Having said the foot pedal's default position for the guillotine was above my knee, so we all giggled whenever I tried to cut a piece of wood.

    I would have thought you had more than 3-4 inches on me, Dianne! Ben thinks the work bench surface was even higher than usual at the college. Tall kids!

  6. Well done, Meg & Ben, the weekend was certainly productive. Do I catch a glimpse of a reflected koala in the corner of the bridge picture? Or am I just going crazy from the deafening sound of the cicadas this morning?

  7. It could be a wee piggy, namely me?


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