Some time ago I discovered that my Fabric Deerhead Pattern had been featured on the cover of (I think) an Australian magazine. The pattern had been used by another maker, and sadly Bustle & Sew wasn’t given credit for the design. But these things happen, and although I didn’t receive credit for the deer head, I loved the idea of displaying it inside an ornate frame ….
And for a long time I have wanted a similar frame to display my hoops. When I was visiting Rosie last week, we made a trip to Ikea as she wanted some storage cubes. Delegated to push the trolley, I was strolling through the displays in that sort of dazed, dream-like state that Ikea always induces in me when suddenly I snapped awake! MY FRAME!! At last!! Into the trolley went the box, and I brought my purchase home in triumph ….
Although once I’d ripped the packaging open I was slightly disappointed to discover how plasticky the frame looked close up ….
“But never mind” I thought to myself as I retrieved my tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint from the cupboard under the sink. “I know just what to do!” And so I spent a happy hour or so painting my frame ….
I do love Annie Sloan paint – I’ve had this can for ages (as you can probably tell!) and it covers absolutely anything – even the shiny plastic of this frame. Then when the frame was dry I covered the backing card with some blue dotty fabric, added a trophy head and hung it on my kitchen wall ….
Yes, it’s the Polar Bear trophy head – a pattern for the December (bumper Christmas!) issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
Looking rather pleased with himself! Every cloud does have a silver lining after all – I might not have received designer credit – but I did discover a very effective way of displaying my polar bear! And I’m sure I’ll be using this frame for other projects too.
The polar bear will be, as I mentioned, in the December issue of the magazine which is shaping up to be a bumper issue. If you aren’t already a subscriber then please do pop over to my magazine page and check out this month’s free gifts for new subscribers, which include my new 2014 Christmas Collection ….
Which is also on sale in my Christmas store for just $20 during November – that’s equivalent to just over $2.00 for each pattern – bargain!