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Be sure to have your needlework laundered piror to framing to remove skin oil, hoop marks, etc. This will help the needlework looks its best in the frame. If you don't know how to do the laundering yourself, bring it to us along with sample threads and we will assist you by testing before having it laundered.
There are several different approches to framing needle art and other textiles, depending on the specifics of each piece. In general, fabric does not need to be protected by glass. Think about drapes, upholstered furniture, etc. However, after the long hours spent creating these works of art, consider glazing as a means of protecting them from airpourne pollutants such as smoke or grease.
The methods and products used to frame needle art may vary depending on the type of work it is. In all cases, it will need to be mounted to or over a backing to keep it flat and straight. Sometimes padding (usually quilt batting) is used between the needle art and the board. This provides a padded look that softens the appearance, but it also allows knots and theads on the back side of the work to sink in rather than creating lumps visible on the front.
Counted cross-stitch is often matted prior to framing. Other types of needleart, such as needlepoint and crewel embrioidery, typically are not matted due to the fact they are bulkier and could cause the mat not to sit flat. For these types of work, a fabric covered liner may be subsituted for the mat.
Frames can be whatever color and style that best suits the work. Wider, heavier frames can work well with the heavier forms of needle art but may overpower a dainty cross-stitch.
Other types of textiles people commonly frame include small quilts or quilt squares, christening gowns, sports jerseys and dollies. We will help you with ideas for proper preservation and presentation of your treasures.
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