Needle Art & Textiles
There are several different approaches to framing needle art and other textiles, depending on the specifics of each piece. In general, fabric does not need to be protected by glass. Think about drapes, upholstered furniture, etc. 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.
Cross-Stitch with Matting Needlepoint w/ Fillet
The methods and products used to frame needle art may vary depending on the type of work it is. In all cases, it will need to be mounted to or over a backing to keep it flat and straight. Sometimes padding (usually quilt batting) is used between the needle art and 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 needle art, such as needlepoint and crewel embroidery,
typically are not matted due to the fact they are bulkier and could 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.
Other types of textiles people commonly frame include small quilts or quilt squares, christening gowns, sports jerseys and doilies. Your local framer will be able to help you with ideas for proper preservation and presentation of your treasures.
Woven Tapestry A Small Quilt