How to Frame Your Own Embroidered Masterpiece

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my tag sale picture frame with a face lift, featuring an original floral embroidery that you can stitch out, too—for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!
Heres my tag sale picture frame.
Put the frame together with the fabric you are going to embroider on to help choose the color threads you are going to use.
Heres my tag sale picture frame with a face lift, featuring an original floral embroidery that you can stitch out, too—for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

Here's my tag sale picture frame with a face lift, featuring an original floral embroidery that you can stitch out, too—for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

Photo: Jen Stern
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Thread a large-eye needle with strong thread. I used some topstitching thread. Working between the top to bottom edges, sew them together to hold them taut. Starting on one edge, stitch back and forth through the top and bottom, working across the edge. Keep your stitches about 1/4 inch long and the thread taut, without pulling the fabric too much.

Sew the top/bottom edges together to hold them in taut
Come up through the top edge, stitch over 1/4 inch, and go back to the bottom edge.

 

Sew all the way acoss the edge
Repeat this procedure to secure the side edges.

After you've secured both sides, whipstitch the mitered corners together.

whip stitch mitred corners
Once you've finished mounting the fabric onto the backing, steam the embroidery so it settles nicely against the poly batting.

Place the mat on top of the backing for the frame, then trace through the opening with a pen. Use the glue stick to adhere the embroidery over the guidelines. The mat will conceal the edges of the embroidered fabric because the posterboard was cut 1/2 inch larger than the opening.

Glue the mounted embroidery centered in place on the backing of the frame.
Reassemble the frame, and your new picture is ready to hang up!

 

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JenniferStern writes: You can easily cut an opening for your embroidery using a super sharp craft knife. Draw faint lines with a pencil to create the shape you need. If you are making a square or rectangle, use a ruler to make nice straight lines. Firmly hold the ruler along the line and cut along the line with the craft knife. Before you remove the center piece carefully check to be sure the mat is completely cut out...especially in the corners!
Posted: 3:04 pm on November 13th
Rooty_Tooty writes: This is wonderful! Professional framing is sooo expensive! Now, would someone please be so kind as to provide some simple directions for cutting mat board?
Posted: 11:22 pm on November 12th
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