Winter Classic Sports MemorabiliaWinter Classic framed sports memorabilia, Framed $125.

Richard Bollinger PrintOut of Print Rare Richard Bollinger print.  Signed and numbered 708/750. 

Titled December Dream.  $350, It won't last long, Contact Bridget today!

I am so amazed and in awe of the women who bring me their needle art treasures. Finding someone who knows how to handle needlework is very important to them and something we do not take lightly at Little Conestoga Picture Framing.

There are specific ways to handle needle art and a good framer needs to know these. From the type of fabric used, whether it is cotton or silk, or wool, and then how to block, stretch and properly frame are all things seriously considered when handling these wonderful original works of art.

These treasures will be heirlooms one day, passed on to children and friends and framing them to last is what we do at LCPF.

It happens.  Wood gets dry, old, cracked, and cannot support itself or the artwork in it.  What is especially upsetting is when they commit suicide and take the big leap off the wall to their demise.

Sometimes the leap is an unsuccesful attempt and just the corners separate and can be repaired, repinned and glued.  Ahhhh, you are relieved.  But lots of times, the antique frames found at the rummage sale, in the attic, or the old frames that have been hanging for years may not be in the best shape to be revived.

It is hard to hear this news from your framer, but take heart.  The art is what is important, and reviving it with a new frame may be just what the "doctor" ordered, and give you a whole new look to enjoy.

"Does this frame make my glass look too big"
"When your glass is on the line, choose wisely"

It used to be that you could go down to the hardware store and get a piece of lead-laden glass to replace the broken piece on your signed print. Not today. Glass is a very important component of the whole framing process.

Some places will only sell UV protected conservation glass or even museum glass. But this concept may be a little bit of overkill on some works. Really, do you need 100% UV protected glass on Juniors 1st grade art? Do you have to have museum glass on a dorm poster?

Education is the key ingredient for choosing glass. With some art, you cannot cut corners. Invest in good glazing and keep your art protected. No doubt about it, original art, photographs, and signed prints are among the things that require "good glass". When you are investing in preserving you art, choose wisely and allow your framer to offer you choices.

Lots of places do custom framing, but is it really custom for you? If you visit a true custom framer, it should be all about you. Does your framer ask a lot of questions about the art, the story behind it, what your taste is, what colors you are attracted to?

It's important! Some of the big box chain stores offer custom framing, but it is only about what they think you should have. And then they sell you no choices. It's about their ideas and your wallet.

A true custom framer will give you choices. She (that would be me) will display different mat colors to see what you like. Maybe you love pink (oh dear, she will think, that is hideous), but she will show you pink. And then gently steer you towards some other colors that will enhance your art and allow you to enjoy it long after pink was your hot color.
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