Framing Needlework. It's Easy & Economical.
Needlework – embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting and quilting – are excellent mediums for creating unique gifts sure to be treasured. These hand-crafted items are perfect for celebrating special occasions because they can be personalized for weddings, anniversaries and births. Or they can be given as a ‘just-because’ token of affection. Even celebrate a friend’s hobby, newly purchased home or other milestone.
Framing, matting and protecting your handwork with acrylic will enhance the display and presentation. During the stitching process needlework can become wrinkled or pulled out of shape, so getting it ready to frame includes ironing the work to return it to its original shape. This is called blocking and is usually done on a hard surface with a printed grid.
There are several methods for mounting your needlework for framing. Adhesive mounting board works nicely for lighter fabrics, such as those used for counted cross-stitch. This is a convenient, permanent, “peel & stick” solution. The board’s 3/16” surface and adhesive is non-archival.
For needlework that requires preservation, we recommend our 1/8" thick smooth white, 100% acid free backing board. Wrap the fabric around to the back of the mounting board and either stitch the ends together or use stainless straight pins to secure your needlework to the mounting board by inserting them in the sides of the board.
Remember to select a frame with a rabbet depth which will accommodate the thickness of the acrylic, mats, mounting board and your needlework.
With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to get stitching!