I finished it up via the lacing method. It took me almost 2 hours to complete. It looks really good. About the picture frames/matting, I look for old picture frames at thrift stores and garage sales in the size and mat color I want. I seem to like Christmas themed cross stitch so I look for 16x20 or close to that size but square. I was so excited yesterday I found a frame sized 22x23 with mat opening of 14x16. It is a cream colored mat with green inner mat. I am so excited because I am just starting a new project that this will b e perfect for, I just will need to touch up the paint and it was only $2.50. If I find a frame I like with a good double mat I usually buy it to keep for future projects. I hve gotten pretty good at sanding and repainting.