Sunday, January 29, 2012

Op Shopping

I got a little excited when I saw a tapestry at the Oppie this week. Not just any old tapestry, but a DEER tapestry. I thought "Will I? Won't I?"... then when I saw the $7 price tag (that's a bargain at my Oppie) and thought about customising the frame I thought "DEFINITELY!"

So here's what I bought. I LOVE deer, and it's such a gorgeous design. The bold colour variations seem a bit "colour by numbers" to me. And the deer are petit point! Oh my goodness. I have done a tiny bit of petit point cross stich and it's so tedious and tricky! I can't imagine that petit point tapestry is much easier! This crafter must have had a lot of patience.



I was going to remove the tapestry before painting the frame but it was professionally framed and when I removed the backing paper I realised the tapestry was stapled to the frame. Meh. That would be too tricky. So I very carefully painted the frame with the tapestry still in place. It actually wasn't that hard! I used some cardstock the cover the tapestry and pushed it down when painting the edge of the frame next to the tapestry. I'm SO stoked with the end result. And Dave doesn't hate it! He doesn't like it, but he doesn't hate it. I'm not sure where to put it yet.



I'm linking to Her Library Adventures - check it out to see what other great op shop finds have been had!

19 comments:

Zara said...

I see what you mean about the petit point of the deer, it does look very intricate and time consuming.
The blue frame is perfect, well done. x

tourist in my town said...

this picture is gorgeous. the blue frame suits it perfectly.

H said...

Very pretty in the blue frame.

Dear Pearl Vintage said...

got to love a deer tapestry, the blue frame looks amazing x

I Love To Op Shop said...

love the colours they chose - good buy!!

Sheree said...

Cute tapestry Yvette and I love the new colour you've put onto the frame!

Sheree xx

CanineThespian said...

Yay, I think it looks so cute now!

Liz said...

Love the colour that you've painted the frame - really shows the off well!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Anonymous said...

Someone worked really hard, and it's wonderful that you appreciate the hard work that someone did. The frame color and the picture look fantastic.

Rae said...

I love that! it really does look like a paint by number. great find.

one denim bird said...

Yay, it looks fab with a bright frame! Good for you!
x0x0x

gidders1 said...

I'm new to your blog, it's so fab! Love your header!
Love the blue frame, it's perfect for it, great thrifting x

Anonymous said...

Wow, Yvette the blue frame certainly gives it new life. And I love the fact that it lives again in someone else's house. The original crafter would be so pleased to know it.
Love Mum

Michelle Clement said...

Ohmygosh, what an awesome find!! :) I love it! I always have my eye peeled for this kind of things when I'm thrifting - anything needlepoint and I'm sold! lol.

Charlotte said...

I love it!! Those deer are gorgeous. I love deers too, what is it about them?! They're so innocent! Love that u painted the frame & what a sweet message on the back!

WV: wyete
I have an older sister, her name is wyete.

VintageBirdGirl said...

I absolutely love the deer tapestry. I saw one during my travels in New Zealand & wish I could have brought it home.

Lea said...

Very nice. Lx

Janelle Wind said...

WOWEE Yvette, what a find and what a transformation. I always feel so sad when I see tapestries etc at the Op shop and know that someone made it with lots of love and care and it ended up in the Op shop. So to see someone love it again makes me super happy. LOVE the deer and how you painted the frame, totally gorgeous! I hope you find the perfect spot for it. x Janelle

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I love your customisation. :)
Moi x