In my stash of finishing items, I have this little acrylic tray. Since I bought it at a guild auction I assume it is intended to finish needlework. All I have is what you see in the picture, the top of the tray and a bag with 8 plastic screws.
I figure that the needlepoint goes below the tray and that there was once a bottom for it. The screws fit into the holes in the tray bottom and must hold everything together. Now we get to the tough part. If I measure from the inside edges of the screws the space is about 4×6. If I measure the bottom, including the screws, the space is 7.5×5.25.
So how do you use needlepoint in it?
If I make the stitching to fit the inside measurement there is a big border of acrylic. That means to look nice, the acrylic bottom will need to be colored and opaque. Because there is a TAP Plastics nearby, this is not a problem.
If I make the needlepoint to fit the bigger dimensions. I don’t have that border, but I will have to figure out how to get the screws through the needlepoint. As you can see from the picture, the holes I’ll need are not small. Will doing this ruin the look of the needlepoint?
Once I figure these big problems out smaller ones loom. The screws being made out of a different plastic have discolored. Should I replace them with something obviously different, like brass screws? And what about the bottom of the tray? Do I make that acrylic thick enough that the screws won’t stick out? If they do or if I want to protect the holes, what do I put there?
Or should I just glue everything together with the needlepoint sandwiched inside and put something decorative over the screw holes?
Have you finished one of these? What do I do? What would you do?