Frequently Asked Questions

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Photography and Art Framing

Needlework and Fabric Framing

Canvas Stretching and Framing

Mounting

Frame Finishes

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Photography and Art Framing

How do I frame a photograph

If you are just starting to consider mounting and framing photographs there is plenty of information about the various techniques in our Support section.  All of this content is free to use but for some of the articles you will need to register.

None of the skills involved is beyond any reasonable practical person, however it is much easier to learn if you do a course.  The UK School of Framing runs a course specifically for people wanting to frame flat art and photography.  The next sessions are:

For a full list of courses click here

I have two 20" x 30" (50 x 60cm) photos that I want to mount and hang - not frame. Ijust want to adhere the photos to a mountboard product and hang on the wall. what product do you suggest?

It is a large image so depending on your confidence level, how valuable the piece is and how much you are willing to spend, there are a few options open.
 
1: The cheapest “home produced” option would be to use a self adhesive board.  This has a peel back cover with an adhesive coating underneath: artwork is repositionable so whilst it is not suitable for valuable work it is ideal for display purposes.  It should also be noted that there can be a tendency for bubbling under the image over time.  the art of applying large pieces of work is to wrap it around a tube so that you can run the artwork from around the tube onto the exposed adhesive: only peel back a bit of the cover at a time and use a rubber roller to firm the artwork into place as you go.  Even though it is a repositionable board, it still needs care not to rip a large piece of work when peeling off for repositioning it.  You could use self adhesive linen hangers to provide a way of hanging on the wall, but you might need to check whether they can take the weight:
 
links: Daler Standard Self-Adhesive board and Gummed Cloth hangers
 
2: The next option is almost the same as the first: self adhesive foam board.  It has the same caveats as the previous option BUT the adhesive is not repositionable so you need to be quite comfortable with rolling out your artwork.  Again not suitable for valuable pieces.
Link – Self Adhesive foam board
 
3: Dry Mounting – this would need to be undertaken by a professional framer and would have a price tag to match.  It is better suited for long term display and will not damage the photo.  However, once in place on the board used, it is not reversible.  If you want to explore that option please contact diyframing as we may be able to help with these arrangements.
 
4: Mounting on MDF panels – a number of people look at having photos professionally bonded onto MDF.  It is undertaken by specialist in this work resulting in durable lacquered blocks offering a contemporary method of presenting work.  Again it is a permanent bond and (am guessing) the most expensive option.
 
An alternative to all of that would be to have the images scanned, printed on canvas and then presented as a “gallery wrap” on stretcher bars.  This method has the benefit of leaving your original images undamaged.  Please ask us about this option if that is a direction you wish to pursue.

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Needlework and Fabric Framing

What is the ideal surface to work on when framing fabric?

The work surface should be constructed of a sheet of unsized muslin. The muslin should be stretched over a polyester or cotton batting to pad the surface. Over the muslin another loose sheet of unsized muslin should be placed. The loose sheet of muslin should be cleaned or changed regularly to keep it clean. Muslin is used because it absorbes dust and dirt and thus prevents it from dirtying the fabric. You can always use a clean white towel or calico if you cannot get muslin

What is the most important factor when selecting a technique for framing needlework?

The most important factor when selecting a technique is to decide how you wish to display the piece and then decide what method is most suitable bearing in mind that it should be reversible without damaging the fabric.

What is blocking?

Blocking is a process that is used to stretch the needlework into shape before it is held in place by stitching or stapling.

What materials do I need for lacing?

The materials required for lacing are: rag board or other rigid acid free mountboard, stainless steel pins, ball point needles, cotton or linen thread and polyester batting if you wish to pad the work.

Could you use Velcro to hold fabrics for framing?

Velcro can be used for holding rugs, football jerseys, and any fabric with a decorative edge that has to be seen.

How can I avoid my stitching pressing against the glass?

You must never allow your stitching to come into contact with the glass as this could cause condensation and damage from mould. You can either 'lift' the glass away from the design by using a double mount - perhaps in coordinating colours to enhance your stitching - or use spacers, which will do the same thing.

Can I hang my stitching in the bathroom?

Yes, you can but it is advisable to run some sealant around the edge of the glass to try to prevent moisture getting into the frame. The back of the frame should be sealed as well as possible, using a plastic tape rather than a paper tape which will be affected by the moisture in the bathroom. As a general rule, it's best not to hang really precious designs in the bathroom, but just use small, fun designs that don't take long to stitch. This way, if your work does get damaged, it won't be something that you've spent hundreds of hours stitching!

What is conservation framing?

Conservation framing ensures that no acid-bearing materials touch your work, so it's great for heirloom pieces of stitching or ones that have great sentimental value. This type of framing also protects your work from damaging UV light, insects, humidity and pollution.

How do I choose a mount for my design?

The best way to choose a mount for a design is to take your stitching to the framing shop and look at the various colours available. You can then pick out a shade that complements the colours used in your design. Be careful not to pick too strong a colour as this could draw peoples eyes away from the stitching towards the frame.

Where can I learn more?

There are information sheets on many aspects of working with fabrics in our support section.  All of this content is free to use but for some of the articles you will need to register.  If you want instruction then the UK School of Framing runs regular courses in Framing Fabrics, the next couple are:

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Canvas Stretching and Framing

How do I stretch a canvas?

Stretching canvas over a frame is a valuable skill for any framer.  We have a number of information sheets in the support section.  These cover the use of various types of stretcher bar and mouldings designed for framing canves works. All of this content is free to use but for some of the articles you will need to register.

UK School of Framing also runs a training course where you can learn these skills from an expert.  The next couple of sessions are:

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Mounting

How do I cut a Mount?

There are a number of tools available to cut mounts, they range from simple hand held cutters up to complex computerised macines.  Cutting your own mounts is not difficult but is made easy by using a mount cutting system with the cutter running along a rail.  The Logan products that we sell are very good quality and great value.  There are cutters for all levels of work, from light usage up to commercial work.

There are Information sheets available from the Support Section.   All of this content is free to use but for some of the articles you will need to register.

The UK School of Framing has a course in Mount cutting and Decoration, the next few dates are:

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Frame Finishes

What can I do to my frames to make them more unique?

The possibilities are almost limitless.  since there are so many possibilities we have concentrated on the products supplied by Liberon.  These are available from the store

To give you some ideas and advice you may want to do a course in Frame Finishes, the next 2 scheduled are:

 

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