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Stretching And Mounting Cross Stitch
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Stretching and mounting your completed work is an important part of the finishing process. It is a vital elements because the most wonderful piece of work can be totally ruined if it is puckered or creased. It is always worth going to the trouble of finishing your work properly by stretching and mounting (unless it is very tiny indeed). Note that since linen is often stitched on a frame, a gentle ironing on the wrong side of the material may sometimes be sufficient.

The steps below will provide helpful information on this process:

Step 1: Use a strong, acid-free mount board, which is available from good art shops, or alternatively you can use hardboard, covered with acid-free paper. Measure your work and cut the board slightly bigger than your embroidery if a mount is to be used or, if not, to the size of your chosen frame.

Step 2: Place the card or covered hardboard on the wrong side of the embroidery and when in position, secure with straight pins inserted into the edge. Turn the board and fabrice frequently to check that the embroidery remains correctly placed.

Step 3: Fold over the side edges of the fabric, then use a long length of strong thread - a fine crochet cotton is ideal to use here - to lace back and forth. Pull up the stitches to tighten and secure firmly.

Step 4: Complete the top and bottom in the same way.

Fabric-Covered Mounts

The technique of covering mounts with fabric means that you need not limit yourself to plain, uninteresting mounts. Virtually any colour, pattern or texture is possible with this method.

You will need: strong card, fabric, glue or impact adhesive, a metal ruler, a scalpel or craft knife, and a cutting board or several layers of card to protect the surface you are cutting on. If you are making a padded mount, you will also need one or two layers of terylene wadding (also known as batting).

Covering a Mount with Fabric

Step 1: Measure the completed embroidery carefully and cut the mount and the aperture to the size required. Round and oval apertures are very difficult to cut perfectly, and even though you are covering with fabric, uneven edges will show. Unless you are very skilled, it is best to ask your picture framer to cut these for you.

Step 2: Cut the fabric to the size of the mount plus allowances for turnings (the allowances will vary according to the size of the mount and also the type of fabric chosen, for example, because of its thickness, velvet will require a larger allowance than fine cotton). Always make sure that you align the mount with the straight grain of the fabric.

Step 3: Place the fabric right side down and position the mount in the middle. If making a padded mount, cut the padding to the same size as the mount and place between the fabric and the card. Snip off the corners of the fabric.

Step 4: Apply adhesive to the remaining fabric at the outer edge. Fold over and press flat.

Step 5: To cut out the inside 'window', first cut out the rectangle and then carefully snip into the corners, stopping just short of the edge. Apply adhesive to this remaining cross stitch fabric, fold over and press flat.

Step 6: Add any further embellishments which may be required - bows, sequins, braids, etc - and then carefully align the mount over the embroidery. Fix with glue or masking tape.

By stretching and mounting cross stitch correctly, the results you achieve will give your work a professional finish.


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