Two wood carcasses for 17th century embroidered frames are available for purchase or order, depending on the supply on-hand. The fancy frame is 19" x 23" in size and the door frame is a bit over 13" x 15" The rectangular frame with doors is loosely based on examples such as this frame sold by Bonhams in 2011. Hinges can be installed for the doors hidden (modern) or using the reproduction 17th century hinges available from Thistle Threads. The back of the frame has an easel like the originals so it can be placed on a dressing table. It can also be mounted to a wall. No hinges are included for either the doors or easel so the maker can decide how they want to proceed. in the pictures below, the back of this frame finished can be seen without its easel in place yet.
The fancy frame is a Thistle Threads original shape based on the shapes of the 17th century. The frame includes an easel on the back that is attached with two brass reproduction hinges that match those used on period frames of this type. In each case, a filet that holds the mirrors in place are loosely tacked to allow the purchaser to replace with antiqued glass if desired.
The frames come with a .pdf template to use on a CD-ROM as well as one design for the frame already done in case the buyer wants to take inspiration or have a design. An eight-page description of the recommended finishing materials and method is also on the disk. Recommended finishing materials include marbled paper, silk velvet and/or silk lining and gilt or silver woven tape to hide all the raw edges. Wheat paste glue and a special handmade archival paper are needed to cover the wood to protect the fabrics and embroidery from the wood as well as provide a good surface to adhere the embroidery.
A shipping supplement is extra on these frames. After order, shipping costs to your address will be determined and the difference invoiced if necessary.