Thursday, April 12, 2012

No kidding -- framing NIGHTMARE continues

Really and truly folks, I thought we'd come to an arrangement with the Framer From Hell.  He was going to unframe Beatrix, I was going to fix the beads, and he was going to reframe her without the damn padding.

Today, he contends that there is no way to frame her without the padding.  And that since I "insist" on this "change" I need to sing a waiver saying I will not expect him to reframe her when she slumps in the frame.

How, gentle (laughing --- because I can tell you are) reader, I am NOT a happy stitcher.  First off, Mr. A@@ should have told me this was his belief BEFORE he framed her in the first place.  Second, there is no reason she can't be mounted to the board without the padding.  He says he staples the pieces to the board.  If he can staple her down with padding, he can staple her down without it.

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Say, anyone know how long the hand gun waiting period is?

19 comments:

Harmien said...

Save on bullets, find a new framer. This one clearly should keep his paws off your beautiful stitching!!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

oh, please send me your stitching,,, I'll show you how we do it up here..... and up here we don't staple and we do listen!

It is really hard not to say a name when it comes to this and you are being very noble but what a dick!!!

Be always in stitches.

Jenny said...

Girl, it is time to give Mr Frame-a$$ the big dump!
There are too many great framers out there to have to take crap like that. Signing a waiver - well, I never!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Just walk away from him. He's just not worthy of your time or your stitching!

I know very little about professional framing, but surely the stretching, pinning and lacing is to stop the "slumping"?

Margaret said...

Oh dear. Sigh. And he uses staples? Isn't that sort of icky? Seems a bit much that he wants you to sign a waiver. Geez!

Mouse said...

ohhhh not staples .... they can rust and ruin your fabbie .. you need it laced at the back ... and the frame depth bigger so that you can have it padded (if you wanted ) and a mat included so that the beads do not squish !!!!!
I am not entirely sure he is a professional framer from the sound of it ... not used to needlework that is for sure ..... love mouse xxxxxx

Shebafudge said...

He's stapling it to the mount board. OMG don't let him do that! He could ruin it! If it is laced, it won't slump. Have you paid him yet? If not get your stitching and RUN! He sounds ever more dreadful and sooner or later will ruin a piece.

gothtigger said...

OK quiet even breathing :)

First off, there are archival quality staples that can be used on needlework. However if he feels he *must* put padding between the mount and the needlework, then he doesn't trust his own workmanship.

I echo the other sentiments. Even if you have paid him, collect your work and take it to another framer. For a smaller piece I'd quibble, but this is a large beautiful piece of work.

I'm sure some local stitching friends can recommend a good framer in the UK that might give you a discount to "fix" this to restore reputation to their trade.

The lesson to learn from this experience, ALWAYS ask a prospective new framer how much experieice they have framing needlework and what methods they use before you hand your piece over.

You, like me, have now learned this the hard way. And yes I can tell you stories involving glue and sticky tape!

gothtigger said...

Adding a note her for the other commenters - some framers use staples *instead of* lacing. They stretch and staple the needlework to the backing board.

I've seen it done by a professional I admire and trust and it looks fabulous. But I would only let her do it to my smaller pieces. All my larger pieces I insisted on being laced.

I still miss that framer. It's a pity you can't take them with you as you move around.

Tammy Bergeron said...

I think you should send it to Jayne she will get it done properly and without staples! She does all of the stretching for the stitching sisters (17 of us) and works with a great framer to boot!

Thoeria said...

Oh YIKES!!!! I have to agree - take your gorgeous piece and RUN! He really doesn't sound like he has much experience doing needlework!

StitchinManiac said...

The stapler is the first sign that this guy should NOT be touching any needlework. Needlework should be LACED to the backing. You don't staple it like a canvas to a stretcher bar. You pin carefully, then you lace it. Sheesh.

Take your hard work and run. Of course, I'm sure he's already cut the thing so much that you may not be able to lace it now. Yikes! I wouldn't trust anything to him again.

Brigitte said...

You should take this piece off of him as fast as possible and look for a reliable framer. After all the hours of precious time you put into this piece.

Stitching in the country said...

Staples????? this guy needs hanging. All work should be laced. Its easy Ruth. You could do it yourself. If its got beads then it needs spacers when you frame it to stop the beads touching the glass and the frame should be deeper than normal. Pity you aren't in the UK. I'd have done it for you.

I hope you get it done successfully but not by this moron.

Veronica said...

o.O I think it really is time to dump this idiot framer. I'm sure there are many other better framers around your area? Besides, from my limited knowledge of framing needlework, staples really isn't the best way to go about it :/ Really hope it all works out soon

Hugs,
Veronica.

Anne said...

This is so terrible. I'm in agreement with all the other ladies in the move to dump his sorry a#$!!!

Mangogirl said...

oh no! this guy seems to have no clue!

Mangogirl said...

oh no! this guy seems to have no clue!

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