Needleworks, Cross-Stitchings & Tapestry

There are several different approaches to framing needlework and other textiles, depending on the specifics of each piece. In general, fabric does not need to be protected by glass. However, after the long hours spent creating these works of art, consider glazing as a means of protecting them from airborne pollutants such as smoke or grease.

Framing Needleworks

The methods & products used to frame needleworks may vary depending on the type of work it is. In all cases, it will need to be stretched and mounted to keep it flat and straight. Sometimes padding is used between the needlework & the board. This provides a padded look that softens the appearance, but it also allows knots and threads on the back side of the work to sink in rather than creating lumps visible on the front. Counted cross-stitch is often matted prior to framing. Other types of needlework, such as needlepoint and crewel embroidery, typically are not matted due to the fact they are bulkier and cause the mat not to sit flat. For these types of work, a fabric covered liner may be substituted for the mat.

Frames can be whatever color and style that best suits the work. Wider, heavier frames can work well with the heavier forms of needle art but may overpower a dainty cross-stitch.

Framing other Textiles and Tapestries

Other types of textiles people commonly frame include small quilts or quilt squares, christening gowns, sports jerseys and doilies. Our staff will be able to help you with ideas for proper preservation and presentation of your treasures.