Expert Lacing and
Framing for Needlework
Framing textiles takes special skill. You need to take care while sewing your needlework and there are important decisions to be made for the framing process to ensure that it remains in pristine condition and lasts for future generations. Families treasure needlework and we have conservation framed many old embroideries and cross stitches to preserve their integrity.
Keep it clean - only handle your embroidery with clean hands. Washing a completed embroidery can be done successfully, but it can be risky. DMC threads made in Europe usually wash well, however others dyed in Turkey, China and Asia can run when damp. We have never had a problem because of our washing technique, but there are no guarantees. It is best to keep your embroidery clean and avoid the risk of washing.
Keep it tidy - loose “tails” of coloured cotton must be tucked away securely, never leave them to extend past your stitches. When embroidery is done onto a light coloured fabric, then placed onto a backing board, any loose tails will show through.
Glazing - an air space must be between the glazing and the fabric.
This can be achieved by using either matboards or spacers which can be hidden in the rebate. Glass or perspex provides physical protection from dust, pollutants and insects.
Protection from harmful UV rays - we recommend that you use either U.V. Filtered Glass or U.V. Perspex. Textiles are very sensitive to light which can quickly fade dye pigments. Exposure to light will also break down the chemical structure of textile fibres making them weak and brittle.
Lacing – this is the best way of securing your textile over an acid free board, ready for framing. The top and bottom edges are folded over the board and secured to each other with close, long looping stitches, pulling the edges towards each other. Once secured, the sides are then folded over the edge of the board and pulled towards each other. Care must be taken to ensure that the textile is secured squarely and evenly over the board. Textiles should never be stuck down and we never use adhesives of any kind.
Protect heritage pieces – for support, old embroideries on aging fabric can be secured onto linen already stretched over a board.
Finally – we can help you to choose a frame that complements your embroidery/textile.