How a spectacles case kit became a picture

For Christmas I received a Fuchsia Spectacles Case Tapestry Kit (NG34) produced by cleopatra’s needle (quoted capitalisations and punctuation).

While I enjoy this sort of canvas work and wear spectacles, I do not have a use for a fabric specs’ case.  However I began stitching the kit and as it is a small mesh with 12 holes to the inch there was quite a lot of work involved.  The design intends the work to be folded in two with a fabric lining.

I realised that it would be better to use the finished article as a picture than as a case.

Tapestry with border

Tapestry with border

At a fundraising coffee morning I spotted a deep photo frame. This was intended to display a photo measuring 6” by 4” behind a square cardboard mount and glass.  I judged that it would fit my needlework (approx 7″ by 7¼”).

A little ingenuity was required to display the stitched canvas, without showing any unstitched part.  I could have stitched an extra row outside the pattern, but I did not have enough of the background shade left over.

My solution was to frame the canvas using four strips of the fabric intended for the lining of the case.  I “neatened” the long edges of these using a machine zigzag stitch.  Then I pressed a turning on one side of each strip and hand-stitched the double fabric so that the folded edge abutted the raised stitching at the edge of the picture.

Tapestry in frame

Tapestry in frame

I removed some of the bulk on the corners and trimmed some fraying threads.  The finished article then just fitted into the frame without the glass.  It is held in position by an inner plastic frame.

Tapestry framed and displayed

Tapestry framed and displayed

Although a picture has little practical use, I consider this to be a better use of the kit than to make something and put it away.

Have you ever used a kit in a different way from the designer’s intention?

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