I thought I'd post a better picture of my cross stitch hybrid. The other pictures just didn't do it justice. So after experimenting with different locations in the house, I finally found one where the glare off the glass wasn't too bad and the colors were true. It's just a very simple frame but I didn't want anything too elaborate. The whole piece is very simple so a fancy frame just wouldn't work. Also notice that the mat is not cut even. It's wider at the top and bottom than on the sides. That was my framer's idea. She said it would keep it looking more retangular and I have to say I agree with her. It's so wonderful when you have someone who knows what they are doing and are creative as well.
Now I know a lot of people don't use glass on their needlework. In some cases, I don't but most of my pieces do have glass. We have an evap cooler for the months when we don't use the AC (it's popularily know as a swamp cooler here) that puts out a very fine white dust when it's running. The dust is very hard to get off things especially fabric. So I'd rather take my chances with glass then definitely know things will be ruined without it.