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Framing Cross Stitch

The way in which a cross stitch design is framed can greatly affect the end result and appearance. Mounting framing by a professional can be expensive, particularly if you want something that is a little different.

When choosing a frame for a particular project, select the largest moulding you can afford. At this stage, you do not have to worry if the colour is not suitable. Needlework, in particular, cross stitch, generally looks better framed without glass, but if you prefer to use glass you musy ensure that the embroidery does not get squashed by the underside of the glass. Either use spacers (narrow strips of board), gold slip or a mount (mat) between the glass and the mounted embroidery to hold them apart.

Framed work often benefits from a mount and adding a single or double mount (mat) can add dimension to even the simplest of projects. Framers have a large selection of mounts available in all sizes and colours, or you can ask them to cut one to fit your desired size. Ask a framer to make up the frame and a coloured or gold slip for you, but buy the frame, glass and so on in kit form and then decorate the frame yourself.

To frame your cross stitching, you will need to stretch and mount your project first. After these steps have been completed, place the frame face down on a covered surface and after cleaning both sides of the glass, place the glass in the frame rebate and insert the gold slip, mount or spacer followed by the stitching.

Designs which are designated as greeting cards, pot-pourri sachets and other unprotected stitching, can all be framed for wall display. A good choice of frame can enhance a design and give it a totally new look. It is best to choose a framer who specialises in framing embroidery. Ensure that the work will be mounted on to acid-free card to prevent what is known as foxing (small brown spots which appear in time, mark the fabriuc and ruin its appearance).

Use a mount wherever possible to prevent the glass from flattening the surface of the cross stitch. Or you can ask the framer to raise the glass by placing thin strips of card around the edge of the frame where the overlap will hide them. use plain or non-reflective glass, whichever you prefer, but plain glass gives a better view of your masterpiece.

Avoid hanging framed work in full sun because the bright light will fade the threads and rot the fabric.

How your embroidery is finished and made up makes a great deal of difference to the look of the piece. Framing cross stitch should be done with the aim of enhancing your creation and showing off all those hours of work.


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