These articles contian information abot the particular techniques required when framing fabrics, in particular things like cross stitch and embroidery.  They will also be invaluable to anyone framing flexible fabric artwork.

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Creating A Sink Mount - (members only)

Sink mounts are used to create a space into which objects can sit and artwork on thicker boards can be housed.  Once the "sink" is built, the supporting walls are flush with the surface of the artwork.  You can then make a mount in the usual way before moving on to framing it.

This sheet offers guidance on how to undertake this project, providing useful tips on avoiding some possible problems.

Making A Shadow Mount - (members only)

Shadow mounts are used for two main reasons:
1. aesthetics – the shadow effect can be used to great effect to add depth and interest to a picture;
2. practicality – providing depth behind the glass.  This is  particularly useful where needlecraft has items sewn in to the design (beads etc) or where the choice of sewn threads creates raised effects.

This sheet takes you through the process of creating a shadow mount and helps you to avoid potential hazards along the way.

Planning & Creating A Foam Core Panel For Attaching Fabric Based Artwork - (members only)

This project forms the foundation stage for creating a support system for several methods of attaching fabric based work for framing. 

Attaching Artwork Using The Newberry Fit - (members only)

Using a "Newberry Fit", or push through method, is a simple way of holding light-weight, fabric based artwork on a flat panel, ready for framing.

Pinning Needlework into a Foam Core panel - (members only)

Pinning to a foam-core panel is a highly versatile and simple method of preparing needlework for framing.  It is especially useful for fine-tuning the postion of cross-stitching.

Lacing Needlework on a Foam Board - (members only)

Lacing is a traditional and well-known method of stretching and supporting needlework ready for framing.  Because it is liked and reliable, it is often requested as a preferred method of preparing work for framing. 

Tapes & Their Uses

We use a variety of tapes in picture framing.  It's not always easy to decide which tape is best for a particular element of framing as you are making a purchase.  This sheet takes you through the stages of framing indicating the "tape options" on the way.


Project 4: The Ugly Duckling - (members only)

This new project in the library is all about fabric framing. As well as giving practical methods for working with fabric based art, there is help with creating a more contemporary style of framing for this art form.

Project 6a: Creative Design - (members only)

Project 6 shows three alternative ways for presenting a piece of needlecraft. This first design (6a) shown combines clean-cut, modern lines with fine elements of rich colours used in the artwork. A dark wood moulding is in sympathy with the subject of the cross-stitch but has the depth and crisp edges to allow it to work in a more minimal setting.

Project 6b: Solid Gold - (members only)

The second of the three treatments of a piece of cross stitch uses spaced mounts with a gold fillet used to line window mount.

Project 6c: Paint Effects - (members only)

The last in the series of designs opts for a bespoke colour palette and mount texture. Whilst similar ploys are used to the previous two designs for creating depth, here the emphasis is on a couple of simple skills for adding paint effects to mounts. Once these processes are understood, a whole range of possibilities opens up.


Framing Fabrics

An overview of the Framing Fabrics Course