When I started cross stitching, about 25 years ago, the finished cross stitched project is always framed. My aunt turned some of my cousin’s handiwork into a lining for her serving tray, which I still think is too extravagant. Imagine the stain! But now, crafters have become more creative with their cross stitch. I will share with you the creative stuffs in other articles. I will hunt them down! I thirst for knowledge on the many ways of honouring the finished project. If possible, I want to leave it for my grandchildren.
For now, let’s talk about framing. I made and framed (honestly cheap frame purchased at Parkson) this small project by myself. Sorry, I don’t have a decent digi-cam. In doing everything by myself, I have taken a risk. According to Patterns Patch , there are a few rules to obey regarding framing method that yields good results and lasts for years. Among them that I have BROKEN are:
- I did not consider the board mat (size, design, colour, etc) during the stitching process. I just stitched and then go buy a frame and used cardboard as a mat – see the uneven size?
- I used a dirt cheap clip-frame and I used cardboard, for thrift’s sake, which according to Patterns Patch is composed of unrefined paper with a high acid content. This work may not even survive my lifetime (forget about leaving it for my future grandchildren!)
- I NEVER consulted any framer
- I broke almost half the washing and ironing procedures
So, if you care for your cross stitch projects and wish for them to last a few generations, do read the article ‘How To Frame Your Cross Stitched Project’. You don’t have to adhere to their cross stitch framing techniques but you could consider the advice carefully.
– Precious Crafts