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How to Go About Framing Your Cross Stitch

Aug 10, 2008
Keen cross stitchers will really want to place their works of art into a frame so that it can be displayed to its full potential. To ensure an appealing look after the completion of your cross stitch work here are some useful tips for cross stitch framing.

Choosing a Frame

Most of the people like to take their work along to find a suitable frame. You can choose the best size and appropriate style for your work. The frame should be one that complements your work and not overpower it. Take time to select the right frame. Inspect the various materials, Also note that some wood and plastic frames can get destroyed over longer periods. You could even take a few useful tips from you local craft store on prevention of damage.

Using Glass Frames

If you wish to go in for a glass frame make sure that you choose a plain one and not the non-reflective ones. If you have children in your house or if you are considering hanging your art piece on the wall it is advisable for you to invest in a tough glass piece which is safe to use. These could cost you a little extra though. You should also check the depth of your frame so that the glass does not come in the way of stitching. Most of the people use mats or spacers to avoid the glass from touching the stitching.

Selection of Mats

Mats are a good option to keep your glass from touching your stitching. They also give a very professional and elegant look. You must ensure that the mats are acid free to prevent your work from getting damaged. Normally it is advised that the borders of the bottom mats need to be of the same width as the frame or little wider. The border width of the top mats should be smaller for you to view the bottom mat. It would be a good choice to have the color of your mat matching the main thread in your work or it should co-ordinate with the work and frame. The top mat should be neutral in color.

Attaching the Project to a Mounting Board

Select an acid free board which is slightly smaller than your frame. You can also add batting and the fabric should be tight when placing it. Now attach the fabric to the board by stitching it with the help of heavy threads or using a fabric adhesive.

Inserting the Project into the Frame

In case you are using glass frames and spacers place them in order before inserting the project. In the absence of spacers you can use mats by placing thin pieces along the edges so that the frames can hide them, and then place your project on top. Now you can use glazier points to secure your project in the frame. For the back cover you can use acid free paper

Attaching Wire or a Picture Hanger

If your frame is smaller you can use picture hangers by nailing them in the center of the top side of the frame. If your frame is bigger then use wire. Also add a little extra wire so that it does not become too tight and also an extra hook.
About the Author
April Kerr owns website Cross Stitch SupplieR which has details of where to buy used cross stitch frames and discount cross stitch kits .
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