Catherine Winneberger is a textile conservation and framing professional. She has many years of experience in framing both needlework and art work.
She studied Music and Art at Kansas University in 1969. In 1979 she went on to study Art Restoration and Color Theory under Ron Sachs at the Smithsonian Institution. Her studies included frame restoration, frame repair, and gilding (gold leaf).
In 1982, while raising her young family, Catherine started her career in framing with a position at the Andrews Air Force Base's Arts and Crafts Center. She continued to expand her knowledge of all aspects of framing by taking addition courses at the Smithsonian in textile framing; textile conservation, cleaning and repair; and textile stretching and mounting. In 1994, she opened her own art gallery and framing business called Gray Wolf Gallery featuring North American Wildlife Art and Custom Framing. In 1995, Catherine passed the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) exam for standardized practices. As a Certified Picture Framer, she became the Vice President of the tri-state area PPFA and served in this position until 2002. In 1996, she expanded her business to include Three Sisters Needleart - a full-service cross stitch storefront. She mentored and trained several of her staff members on the proper techniques for mounting and framing needlework.
Catherine has also exhibited at the Woodlawn Needlework Show where she demonstrated topics on needlework preservation and framing. She has framed cross stitch models for several cross stitch designers including StitchInspiration, ..., and most recently Lila's Studio. She has also framed artwork for the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. In 2021, Catherine taught needlework preparing needlework for lacing and framing at the NeedleCraft Corner retreat.
Her love of needlework and attention to detail show in every piece of work she touches. She has a strong following of clients who come back to her year after year for her expertise. She knows how to select the perfect combination of mats, inserts, and the frame to bring out the beauty in each piece she frames.
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