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DIYframing open days

DIYframing open days - On Friday 4th August 2006 and Saturday 5th August 2006, DIYframing will be holding open days at their Woodlands Studio in Beaconsfield.

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Each day, as well as having products on show and for sale, we will be running workshops: Creating a Canvas Stretcher; Creating Deep Bevel Mounts using Foam Bisceaux Strips.

We will also be running a couple of seminars. Outlined below are the titles and descriptions for those sessions.

FRIDAY 4th August
Preparing Needlecraft For Framing: If you are disappointed with how your work has been framed in the past or if you are confused by how frame needlework well, this short seminar will put you right. We look at 3 simple techniques for attaching work into a system that then become a simple framing projects. The best bit is that all attachments are reversible and will not damage the work. They even offer solutions as to how you can simply stretch work to bring it back into its intended shape.

10 Simple steps to make BIG profits from framing at home. Following a simple "case study" approach, we look at how you can turn a hobby into something that pays for itself. We look at basic requirements for space, equipment and materials; where to look for business; where your expenses are (therefore how much to charge); basic organisational tools

SATURDAY 5th August
Producing the WOW Factor: Framing can either perform a basic "packaging" function or it can make a statement. At its best, top quality framing will add an extra dimension to the artwork it is showing. In this session we illustrate some of the easy principles that will take your work to a new level. If you want something to be noticed then hear what we have to say so that you turn out "framing with knobs on"!

Planning the perfect workshop: No matter how big or small the space you have available to work in, there are some important considerations to be made when designing a work area. How easy is it to take materials from delivery to storage? What is the largest picture you can frame? How do you store moulding? Using two working examples to illustrate how you can organise the least promising looking areas, we will aim to provide solutions to some problems and help you to think a way through others.

Each session will last about 45 minutes with some time for Q&A built in. The best news of all is that these sessions are free. The only problem is that you will have to register an interest and book a seat in advance, as there is every possibility that we will quickly run out of space.

Other special features of the days will be a second-hand, framing tool sale and special offer moulding clearnence, with some styles on offer for as little as 0.50 per metre!

Our full range of tools will be displayed and demonstrated so that should you wish to see and try what is available before parting with your hard-earned cash you will be able to do so. This is something that we are rarely able to do, even at the largest exhibitions that we attend, so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

If you are having problems with framing or have a particularly challenging project to undertake, we will also be operating a "surgery" with our highly trained technical team on hand, not only to talk you through ideas, but also, in many cases, to demonstrate possible solutions.

Finally, we also want to help you get the best from your tools. We would be the first to admit that the instruction manuals are often highly informative. However, it is only when you start to use equipment on a regular basis and find cunning ways to work with them that, not only do the results improve, but you also extend the range of what something can actually do. We would love to hear your handy hints for specific tools and equipment and will share those at the Open Days along with our own little gems.

For further information please visit www.diyframing.com or contact richard@diyframing.co.uk

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