Embroidering to Display? Read These 3 Tips

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If you love embroidering and are fairly good at it, you can easily craft various gifts for your family and loved ones. You can also use your crafted items as home decor. But embroidering items that can be used as display pieces isn't just about being good with a needle. There are other things you need to be careful about too.Here are a few tips that will help keep your craft looking great for years to come.

#1 Leave the Puckering to the Lips

At times, you may find your embroidery pucker even though you thought you did all the things right. Maybe you actually did one of these things wrong.

  • Choose the Right Design for the Fabric

If you choose a high impact design for a light fabric, it is bound to pucker once you're done. A high impact design would be one that has a high stitch count, a lot of detailing, varying stitch directions, and multiple layers of shading.When you're embroidering a fabric, you're actually forcing threads between its fibers. Choosing a high impact design means you're forcing more threads through the fabric than it can handle, which will cause it to pull in different directions. Keep in mind that designs with more open areas of fabric within and around the design are less likely to pucker.

  • Know When to Hoop

Hooping seems simple enough but if you don't do it correctly, you're sure to see the design pucker up. Firstly, you need to identify if the fabric needs hooping or not. If the fabric isn't too thick or slippery, hoop it with embroidery backing. Make sure the fabric is such that it won't get damaged by hooping.Never stretch or distort the fabric in any way while hooping it; the fabric should be in a neutral position. Stretchy fabrics such as lycra, can be stretched while embroidering to the point they'll be stretched when the fabric will be worn or in use as intended.For fabrics that are too slippery, hoop the backing and use temporary spray adhesive to glue the fabric onto the hooped backing.

  • Pick Your Threads Wisely

Sewing threads are of inferior quality so you should always go for embroidery supplies. Furthermore, look at the material of the threads you buy; polyester threads will stretch as you embroider and then return to their original state, resulting in a puckered design.

#2 Get Rid of Stains

Even if you work on the fabric with clean hands, you'll notice grease stains and discoloration once you step back and look at the finished product. This is normal, but if you leave the fabric this way, you may be inviting damage from pollutants and insects such as dust mites.Wash the finished product as you normally would, or as per manufacturer's instructions.

#3 Frame It or Store It

The climate varies widely in Australia and it is also possible to experience hailstorms and dust storms in cities like Sydney that have a temperate climate. You certainly can't afford to leave your artwork lying around where it can get damaged by the slightest moisture, dust, or pollutants.If you intend to frame your artwork and put it on display, get in touch with a Sydney photo framing professional to get the job done. If you intend to leave the framing for later, you need to store the embroidered fabric in the right way.

  • Store fabric away from direct sunlight. UV rays can cause the fabric to fade or break down and become brittle and weak. The embroidery threads can also fade. Threads marked as lightfast or fade resistant will just take more time to fade as compared to other threads.
  • Do not starch fabrics that you'll be storing. Starch can attract moisture thereby promoting the growth of mildew. It can also attract rodents or insects. Starch also makes the fibers stiff which can lead to them breaking easily.
  • Fabrics may turn yellow over time when kept in direct contact with acid-containing materials such as wood or paper. Air pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen, and sulfur dioxide can also cause the fabric to yellow. Wrap fabrics in acid-free tissue paper and place them in an air-tight storage box.
  • Folding fabrics to store them will result in creasing. Re-fold fabrics from time to time to prevent damage along the fold, to avoid permanent creases from forming, and to re-distribute the folds. You can also wrap fabrics around acid-free tubes with acid-free tissue placed between folds.
  • Never hang fabrics loosely as this stresses the fibers and can cause them to pull or stretch.


Whether you display your embroidered artwork in a hoop or in a frame, it sure is going to be a delight to look at. You certainly can't afford to have the beauty of your hard work be marred by a simple mistake.Just do things the right way and you'll have a piece of art that will last for years.

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