Sunday, January 24, 2010

Que pensez-vous?

You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the bundle of brocante ephemera I received from Corey Amaro at Tongue in Cheek?

In my bundle were these wonderful letters from wine proprietors dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I decided that I would frame these letters and hang them as a set in my dining room.

But before sinking too much money into having the pieces professionally framed, I framed one myself. You'll laugh (or think it's sacrilege) when I tell you this is a very inexpensive frame from IKEA, but the result is almost exactly what I want.

Instead of placing the letter under the precut mat (which would obscure the beautiful ecriture in the margin), I floated the letter on top of the mat. By placing small knots of cotton string under the corners of the letter, I raised it slightly, so it appears to float. The tiny cotton knots lift the letter with no damage to the fragile paper, and help create a lovely shadow that frames the paper. If you click on the photo you'll get a better idea of what it looks like.

While it's not the perfect frame, nor the perfect shade of mat, it does give me a sense of what the letters will look like once they are all framed.

What do you think?


  1. That looks great! How smart to use the knots, never would have thought of that.

  2. I think it looks great - very professional too!

  3. What a wonderful idea. It looks fantastique!

  4. Brilliant idea -- both to frame the letters and the technique. It gives me some ideas for Edith's fashion sketches.

    I apologize for being such a terrible correspondent these days. Working on a big project, but you know I still love you and your blog.