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  Needle Art Framing

Needle Art Framing

Needlework includes all needlework, embroidery, cross-stitch, and crewel, whether they are from kits or original designs. Tapestries include hand woven rugs, handmade quilts, and batiks. Since these articles represent a considerable investment of skill and time, it is very important that they be displayed and protected from damage. There are many ways to display these items, and each may require special treatment to bring out the best in the work to ensure its preservation.

There's no question that stretching is the tedious part of needle art framing.  The lines of stitching must all be straight and even and should stay that way.  A framer will carefully push and pull the work into shape, lining up the stitches and holding the alignment in place with hundreds of straight pins secured into the stretcher board.  Stretching is a labour-intensive process, but properly done, brings out the true beauty of the needlework. 

Sometimes fabric art can end up lopsided and may need further handling before framing.  Blocking is a simple technique that usually solves the problem.  A process of dampening, stretching, shrinking, and pegging often brings the piece back to the proper dimensions.  Once the needlework is evenly aligned, it is secured to the backboard with short, rust-free staples that don't penetrate the fabric.  Some of the larger craft stores are selling amateur framers a sticky board covered with glue to use as a substitute for the time-honoured stretching technique.  Using these "sticky" boards is the worst thing that a stitcher can do.  The adhesive on the boards may eventually break down the fabric backing and destroy the threads.  Chemicals of any sort should never be used on fabric art.  You just can't cut corners with a precious piece of stitchery.

The final step is to select the perfect frame.  A good frame should complement the piece in colour and style and should focus attention on the art.  Moisture can build up inside a glass frame and damage the work if the glass is touching the fabric.  If you decide to cover a fabric piece, use a mat or spacer to create some space for the air inside the frame to circulate.  Mold growth can sometimes be a problem if the piece is hung or stored in a damp or cold room.  Uncovered needlework should not be scotch guarded, because of the chemicals involved, however it may be gently vacuumed clean of surface dust. 

Needle work is a beautiful art form and is often treasured for generations.  Careful attention to proper stitching and framing techniques will keep your labour of love looking it's best for years to come.

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