Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Framing Tutorial

Well I am finally getting around to presenting my Framing Tutorial it only took one year so I hope the information will make up for the delay.
I hope that you take this information and use what works for you and modify what doesn't this is the method I use, but I'm sure like everything there is more then one way.

Items needed
Finished Needlework
Mounting Board (Acid Free Foam Core or Mat Board)
Straight Pins
Quilting Thread

Types of Mounting Board
Sticky Board - Avoid at all costs as you will be unable to remove your fabric from board.  It also contains  chemicals that will harm fabric over time.

Pins - Attaches needlework to foam core board with stainless steal pins, pins remain in work OK as long as pins don't rust.

Linen Tape - Attaches needlework to mounting board with a two sided acid free linen tape

Lacing - Attaches needlework by lacing piece over the mounting board using quilting thread.  This is the purist form as no foreign items are added to the needlework.

Preparing Needlework for Mounting
Wash needlework if fibers and material allow washing

Press, Place needlework right side down on fluffy white towel, to prevent crushing of stitches if using over dyed or non colorfast threads be sure to turn off steam.

Take to framer and decided on frame, matting (optional) and how much linen border will be showing.

How to Measure Needlework Piece
Measure the design area, outside stitches for both length and height.

Linen Border is the linen that lies between the design area and the frame. This is the linen you see when the piece is hanging on the wall.
  • Border can be of equal width on all four sides.
  • Border with the top and sides of equal width and the bottom has a larger width (usually art work is framed this way).  
  • This is all up to individual taste, but for a teaching example we will look at a  1/2 inch linen border showing on all four sides.  Please note that there is a lip on the frame, which holds the glass and needlework in the frame.  It is 1/4 inch wide so this has been added to the 1/2 inch border that will be showing.

                                                 Width                 Length
                      Design Area   8 1/2 inches   X    14 3/4 inches
                      Right Margin     3/4 inches            
                      Left Margin       3/4 inches
                      Top Margin                                  3/4 inches
                      Bottom Margin                             3/4 inches
                      Mounting       10 inches   X   16 1/4 inches
  • Have framer cut foam core to calculated size.  Make sure to have the framer check the lip depth on the  back of frame to see if glass, foam core and backing board will all fit into the frame.  If the lip is shallow then lace onto a piece of acid free mat board.
Now time for modification
I had a ready made frame that I thought would work on my needlework

It measures  4 7/8 inches  X  6 7/8 inches
Because this is the Mounting Board dimension I need to figure out what that leaves for linen margin on all sides of my piece.

                                                  Width   X    Length
               Mounting Board    4 7/8 inches    6 7/8 inches
               Design Area      -  4 4/8 inches    6 1/8  inches   
              Total Linen Margin   3/8 inch  X   6/8 inch
              Divide by two        3/16 inch  X  3/8 inch                               

Here I have cut my mat board to the 4 7/8 X 6 7/8 inch dimension place in frame to make sure that you measured and cut correctly.
On the front of your stitched piece measure out from design the amount of your linen margin
In my case 3/16 inch on each side  and 3/8 on top and bottom.  Place a pin at these spots.

Turn over stitched piece so front is facing down, center cut mat board between the pins.
Pin in place with one pin in the center of each side.
Working from the center and moving towards the corners, pin needlework every 1/4 inch. Repeat until all four sides are pined.  When pinning follow along on thread of linen ground fabric to insure that the piece will be straight.

You may need to trim excess linen at this point should have 1 1/2 inches extra per side, but for a small piece may be less.  The extra should not meet on the backside.

Miter the corners.
Turn needlework face down and fold in corners, pin in place.  Finger press.

Now fold in each side and pin in place

Whip stitch the corners closed with quilting thread.  You want the fold to be nice and neat, but your whip stitching will not show so you don't have to be to careful.

All corners done, remove the pins from the corners only.

Thread needle with quilting thread, leave attached to the spool (I place spool in a box or the frame so it does not roll off the table)
Begin Lacing top to bottom moving from the right to left hand side of work.  Space each stitch approximately 1/4 inch apart.  When the left had side is reached fasten thread securely.  Moving from left to right pull each lacing taut (do not over do as it can put extra stress on fabric and bend the mat board).  Cut the thread from the spool and re thread the needle and fasten the lacing securely.

Repeat the process from side to side. 
 I turn my work so I am always lacing top to bottom but I did not flip the photos before posting them.

Your needlework is now ready to frame.

Pop into frame
If using glass be sure to clean first on both sides and be careful not to cut yourself.

Place backing board in (I used foam core)
Hold in place with glazing points (they were at home during photo shoot so do not strain eyes trying to spot them in picture).

Cover back with brown paper.
Framing is complete!!!! 


Peggy Lee said...

It's all coming back to me now.
Hey...don't think this will get you out of driving to KY to help me frame!
I'm sure there is trouble here that needs to be investigated...and we are just the two to do it.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Thank you so much for this Carmen. It must have taken you ages to set it all up and take the photos but it will be so useful. I am going to bookmark this page. Beautiful stitching by the way! Irene xxx

Annette-California said...

Fabulous!!! Thank you so much for the instructions. LOVE IT. I am a new follower to your blog:) Found your post on Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year blog. Beautiful sampler.
love Annette

Margaret said...

Thanks so much, Carmen. This will be very useful. I just need to get up my nerve. lol!

Faye said...

Wow.... You make it sound easy.... Hopefully some day soon I will get up the nerve.... I have a pile of samplers and frames here ready to go... Now, how far is it from KY to NC????

marly said...

Thanks for the great information. What a gorgeous design.

Kaisievic said...

Great tutorial, really helpful.

EvalinaMaria said...

Thank you so much Carmen. Sure it sounds easy!

Mindi said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm always a bit unsure of the measurement part of the procedure.

Teri said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! Love the needlework as well.

Anne said...

Wonderful framing tutorial! Thanks for sharing some tips!!

Sandra said...

Hi Carmen,
This is a fabulous tutorial. It must have taken you forever to do this. Hope all is well with you.
Homespun Elegance

Elisabetta said...

Geat work, perfect way!

Anonymous said...

Carmen, lovely work. Thank you. Could you tell me a bit about the cross stitch piece you framed and where to purchase the pattern?......Patti


Fenomeno!!! Gracias.