How to Frame Your Own Embroidered Masterpiececomments (3) October 6th, 2008
I scored a set of pictures that I snagged from a tag sale for $5. Hotel art, double matted and framed in faux cracked gold leaf—complete with glass.
(You can't buy all that stuff new for $5.) I love to recycle stuff...especially if it's better the second time! Framing embroidery is one of my favorite projects because it gives me the creative license to really show off my style. When you're working with fabric, there is a little more to it than slapping it behind a mat and a piece of glass. Let me show you how to do it. If you want to support the fight against breast cancer, you can receive the floral design that I used in the project for a $10.00 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit my website, www.jsterndesigns.com, and click on the Embroidery button on the home page to make a donation. I will email you the design when I receive your donation confirmation.
Here's what you'll need:
- A picture frame (preferably with a mat and glass)
- An embroidery design (that is sized and stitched out to fit in the mat)
- Thin poly batting
- Large-eye needle and strong thread
- Glue stick
If you are going to embroider a design specifically for this project and you've already picked out your frame, measure the opening of the mat and select a design that is sized to fit. Alternatively, if you already have your embroidery stitched out, be sure that the frame and mat you choose is large enough to accommodate your design. Because I had these frames in mind for this project, I searched for a design that was approximately 4 inches square; that way, it would fit nicely in the 5-1/2-inch square opening in the mat.
If you are going to embroider now, here's how to prepare the fabric and hoop. Cut a piece of fabric and interfacing that is about 4 inches larger than the opening in the mat. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Framing embroidery is a little different than using embroidery as an embellishment on a project. The fabric you are stitching on has only one purpose—to be the background of your "picture." So give it some extra consideration. I like to use good-quality fabric all the time but especially if I'm going to be putting it in a frame. I also pay extra attention to how I position the fabric in the hoop. If the embroidery is crooked on the grain of the fabric, it wll look sloppy when it's framed, particularly if you have to straighten it out by tilting the fabric in the frame. Hoop a lightweight cut-away stabilizer like Poly Mesh from OESD into your hoop. Use temporary adhesive spray to adhere the fabric, centered, in the hoop.
Place the embroidered design face down, and position the mat so that the design is centered in the opening. Trace around the opening to mark the placement of the posterboard backing.
Draw a square or rectangle onto the posterboard that is 1/2 inch larger than the opening in the mat.
Use a glue stick to adhere the thin layer of poly batting on top of the posterboard. Cut out the square.
Trim the stabilizer along the placement guide that you drew earlier.
Secure the edges of the fabric along the edges of the posterboard by pinning through the back side. Next, fold the corners down at a 45-degree angle, and secure with glue. Then fold the top and bottom edges down.
Hold the top and bottom edges down with some pins.
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.
After you've secured both sides, whipstitch the mitered corners together.
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.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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