Cross stitching is a fun activity that can help you to focus your body and mind while creating something beautiful. If you’ve produced a piece that you’re particularly proud of (or purchased a special piece somewhere), you’ll want to make sure that you frame it properly.
In this piece, we’ll take you through some of the top tips that you’ll want to bear in mind when it comes to framing your cross stitch and embroidery projects.
Tips to Frame a Cross Stitch
Ready to dive straight into the tips? Let’s get started!
Iron the off side first
First things first, it’s important that you take care of your fabric once the stitching has been completed. You’ll need to make sure that it’s prepared for framing and a big part of this is ironing the off side. This helps to get rid of any creases and makes sure that the piece is ready for framing.
It’s important that you don’t use steam here, given that this can affect the integrity of your stitches. Instead, use a low heat and steadily increase it until you’ve properly taken care of any creases or folds within the fabric.
Avoid stretching or staining your piece
It’s important that you take good care of the piece and ensure that you don’t stretch or stain it while preparing it for framing. You should be careful when handling the piece and you’ll want to avoid stretching it over the foam-core board that you decide to use.
You’ll also want to think carefully about where the piece is placed and the materials that are around it. You should avoid putting the fabric in contact with anything that could potentially stain it or leave a mark.
Use acid-free materials
When it comes to planning the frame for your piece, you’ll want to think carefully about the materials that you’re going to use. You should try to find quality materials that are all acid-free. If you use poor-quality materials that contain acid, you run the risk of staining your piece and significantly damaging it over time.
You should pay particular attention to the composition of the materials that you choose before you purchase them. You’ll be able to carefully assess whether or not they’re exactly what you’re looking for.
Think about how the mat will finish your piece
Now that you’ve made some practical considerations, you’ll be ready to think more creatively and make some decisions about how the mat backing is going to complement or contrast with your piece.
You can make some interesting choices at this stage that will help you to add the perfect finishing touch to your project. You should think about the subject matter and the dominant colours within the piece to choose a perfect mat colour.
Choose the right frame
The frame that you choose is also going to have a big impact on the way that your piece looks when it’s hung on your wall. There are lots of options for you here, with countless styles and materials available for you to choose from.
Finding the best option is again a matter of thinking carefully about your design and what’s going to work the best. You’ll also want to think about how the frame is going to look within the room where it’s hung.
Choose high-quality materials
It goes without saying that you’ll want to choose high-quality materials for your cross stitch frame. You’ll have invested a lot of time and care into creating the piece, so you should be sure to do it justice and protect it over the years.
There are lots of different options in terms of materials. You’ll be able to choose every single component from scratch if you work with a bespoke framing provider, and that can give you complete control to create the perfect frame.
Consider a bespoke frame
Lots of cross stitching pieces look absolutely fantastic within a small and simple frame. It’s often a great choice and the clean aesthetic helps to draw attention to the piece rather than the frame.
There are certain instances, though, where you might want to consider investing in a bespoke frame. If you have a particularly valuable or delicate piece, for instance, a bespoke frame can give you the added protection and peace of mind you need.
If you choose the right bespoke frame provider, you’ll also be able to work with them to exercise complete control over the project. This can help you to create the perfect bespoke frame that will protect your cross stitch piece for many years to come.
Read These Bespoke Framing Resources to Get Started
Not sure whether or not to go for a bespoke frame this time round? Here’s a look at some of the free and clear resources that we have put together to help you make the right decision.
Why to Choose a Bespoke Frame
In this piece, we look at the benefits of bespoke framing and why you might want to make an investment here.
How to Commission a Bespoke Picture Frame
Considering a bespoke picture frame? In this piece, we take a look at the steps that you should follow to successfully commission a bespoke picture frame.
A Glossary of Bespoke Framing Terms
If you’re feeling a little lost with all of the different bespoke framing terms out there, check out this glossary of bespoke framing terms to find your feet.
How to Care for Your Bespoke Picture Frame
Once you’ve purchased a bespoke picture frame, you’ll need to think carefully about how you’re going to care for it. In this piece, we show you how to care for your bespoke frame.
Work with Frame Set and Match
Are you ready to take care of your cross stitch and make sure that it’s displayed as safely and beautiful as possible? Be sure to get in touch with us today. We’d love the opportunity to work with you and help you to get your project off the ground.