Picture-framing for beginners

Picture-framing for beginners

Duration: One day (10-4.30)

Price: £120

Run by: Assington Mill

Contact: Anne Holden

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About the Course

During the day you will be taken through the whole process of planning and designing the picture. How to cut the mountboard, oak picture frame and glass and assembling the picture to conservation standards.

The day will consist of a number of demonstrations of each stage of the framing process. Participants will be invited to take part in each demonstration, using each tool in turn and gaining hands on experience of using the equipment.

In this introductory course you will be provided with a framing kit consisting of a ready-made oak frame, mountboard, glass and backing board to assemble your own 6inch by 8inch photograph (please note this is the only size that can be accommodated on this course) If you would like a more in-depth and individually run course where you can produce your own kit for any size photo or artwork please speak to the tutor.

Picture-framing is something that you can do at home for yourself, friends and maybe for paying customers.

Please book early as places are limited.


The planning stage (part A): measurement, size and dimensions
The planning stage (part B): the esoteric - ambiance, style, colour and mood
Know the key elements of a framed picture
How to cut the mount, using specialized tools, for the mounting of a picture
Accurately cutting the four sections of the picture frame moulding
Joining the moulding sections to create the frame
Basic ways of attached a picture to the mount
How to cut glass to your required size
Cutting and fitting the backing board and assembling the framed picture
Sealing the back of the picture with tape and adding a hanging cord

You also find out about (and use) the specialist tools of the trade. This means that, if you decide to purchase your own kit, you will do so knowing that it won't stay in the box, unused for long!


Really good presentation. I liked the demonstration and then all of us having a go at each technique. The handouts are excellent. I'm thrilled with my finished framed photo.

Superb. I'm delighted I've learned how to frame properly. I think your set-up here is absolutely brilliant and beautiful, and breaking for lunch on site is marvellous. Lovely to meet you and Bob, and I shall return!

The leader's presentation was very clear and we all had hands-on practice of each stage in the process. The handouts provided were detailed and helpful. Warm welcome and excellent lunch. Thank you.

Brownies very good!! Many thanks, Peter

Excellent course held at beautiful location.

Had a lovely day, very informative, excellent venue and facilities. Thank you, Alison

A wonderful setting and warm welcome. Fabulous food! Course was very interesting and great to get hands-on experience and see all the different types of equipment. Feeling confident now to give that a go at home. Thank you.

Excellent day, very infomative and a framed picture to take home which I'm happy to put on the wall!

Very good catering.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

Materials will be £20, to be paid on the day.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 24th March 2018

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