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Debi,

Welcome!  Kiss  We're so glad you like our site!

To answer your excellent questions (by no means am I an authority...this is what I've done with cross stitch...YMMV!):
1) For framing, if you don't mind spending a lot of money, you can bring your finished work to a shop and have it professionally framed; however, if you were to do so, I would strongly suggest talking to people who have brought cross stitch work there, because there are professional framing places that don't know how to frame cross stitch.  And you don't want to go with someone who is going to mess up your beautiful work!

For that reason (and others), I used to frame my own work.  It's very complex and I don't want to get into long descriptions, but it involved centering the work on mounting board, then pulling all sides tight and "lacing" the work in the back - e.g., taking stitches from top to bottom and side by side, to keep the fabric taut.

This was very, very tedious.  It's also why I don't have a lot of cross stitched pieces that are framed.  But it can be done...with a lot of trouble.

2) Honestly, I wouldn't recommend coating your finished work with any kind of coating.  If you notice a problem after, you won't be able to fix it.  And then there's the look of the fabric and floss.  You'll be giving up that look for a very plasticized look.  If that's what you like, it's one thing, but if you don't think you want your work looking plastic, I would say to be cautious.

I once had an issue with a bead project, and I was going to use what was basically a plastic coating on it.  Then a friend asked me if I would want my piece to be plastic rather than glass.  I did a lot of thinking and realized I would hate it looking all plastic, so I tore it out and started over the right way, and that worked.  Had I put the plastic on it, I wouldn't have been able to do that without buying all new materials.  Frown

3) For 11 count, your finished project would be approximately 12 3/4" x 14".  I've seen 11 count go either 2 or 3 strand, so it would probably be best if you tried both 2 and 3 strand to see what coverage you really like.  Also, you may find it uncomfortable to stitch with 3 strands...I sure did.  Frown

Hope that helps!  Kiss

I posted four FREE soap making books for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

Here's the circle (you must join to see posts):
http://stitchboard.com/circles/pg/groups/36435/crafty-bookworms/

I posted two FREE crochet patterns for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

Here's the circle (you must join to see posts):
http://stitchboard.com/circles/pg/groups/36435/crafty-bookworms/

Melanie,

Piggies uses hay as food, and as bedding material = they use it to build nests.. Smart right? Then they dont have to move when they have babies to eat.. :p They move around anyways since the babies move around only secinds after beeing born.. And they eat the same stuff as their mom right after coming out into the big world.. They still feed from their mother..

Anyhow.. As they use it both to eat and sleep in, theyalso pee and poop on it.. :p So in their transport box I have made a soft pillow instead, then I don't have to waste hay, as I can just wash the pillow.. Wink
In their cage it looks like this:
 

My boy has, since the picture was taken,  gotten some leafs and stuff for them as well.. They loooove leaves..


Poor little baby of yours.. :/ It's not okay to do that Sad
People dumt their cats and dogs all the time here..
A good friend of mine works at a rescue center.. She fears the upcoming month.. Sad Once when she came to work, there were a box of 6 week old kittens, with their mother outside the door..
They tracked the family down though.. Their response: "We went on vacation, and couldn't get anyone to look after them.."
So the cat with her babies have been sitting in that box, for at least 12 hours, ourtside, in the summer, with no water.. Sad

Some people have also bound their dogs to their doors when they didn't want them anymore.. Sad
It makes me SO sad.. I wish that I could rescue every last one of those unlucky poor creatures.. Sad  

I posted two FREE crochet patterns for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

Here's the circle (you must join to see posts):
http://stitchboard.com/circles/pg/groups/36435/crafty-bookworms/
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