This time of the year you can usually find me cross-stitching. So far I've made 4 cross-stitch pictures which I tweaked just a bit. This time I decided to do Sleigh Ride Beaded Kit from Mill Hill and decided to change quite a few things.
The Sleigh Ride Beaded Kit pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and beaded half stitch as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The pattern also calls for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper background untouched.
I decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture using the same decorated frame as was pictured in the pattern. It's a 6" x 6" handpainted blue wooden frame without glass. Unlike the shadowbox frames I had been using more of the perforated paper would be seen surrounding the cross-stitch picture.
The pattern called for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below: