On a happy note, I got my sampler back from the framer! I took it to my most local needlework shop, and I am so thrilled with the results. I chose to not mat the piece, and I also chose a wood color that was a bit lighter than I'd anticipated but seemed to go best with the tones of the piece.
Here it is:
A close-up of one side:
I hung it on the wall between or kitchen and family room, and it seems to look all right there.
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