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Frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I

frame your needlepoint professionally at the frame and i

For those of you who are in the know, needlework is a labor of love. The hours and hours spent stitching tiny threads into a larger picture are so rewarding when they are finished.  Now that you’ve got it finished, you need to frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I!

From embroidery to cross stitch, petit point, hardanger, crewel, and even crochet or quilting – needlework and textile art is really awesome framed.

Frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I

This cross stitch of Mary’s face from Michaelangelo’s Pieta is stunning! We chose a classical bronze frame and fabric mats, and finished it off with Art Glass UV that minimizes glare and filters UV light.

It’s really important to frame a needlepoint the right way, because framing it wrong can mean that hundreds of hours of stitching can be ruined or have their life cut short. What are the most important components of a good needlework frame?

  1. Materials.  The materials need to be preservation quality; otherwise they might cause yellowing and staining to the needlework. A professional framer like The Frame and I will only use Alpha or cotton boards to stretch the needlework on. Stickyboards and tape or glue are a no-no, because they leave residue on the art and will ultimately destroy it by causing it to become brittle before its time. The sticky residue often changes color over time as well.
  2. Stretching.  The needlework needs to be stretched to look its best. At the Frame and I we use stainless steel pins to pin the work to the stretching boards.  When called for, we will lace the artwork with cotton, linen or silk thread instead.
  3. Mats or spacers.  Mats and/or spacers are designed to keep glass or plexiglas off of the surface of the needlework, and to provide space between the frame and the stretched artwork. Mats add a beautiful visual element that enhance the colors in the work, as well as giving a visual break between the art and the detail of the frame itself.  Spacers on the other hand are used when there is no mat. They don’t give any space away from the edge of the frame, but they do still serve the purpose of lifting the glass off the work. They are virtually invisible.
  4. Glass or plexiglas.  This is an often debated subject, and philosophically there are different schools about it. On the one hand we have those who prefer no glass, because the work is a textile. On the other hand though, the needlework is vulnerable to dust, bugs, snags, and UV damage if it doesn’t have glass over it.  The best innovation to come along is glass with anti-reflective coatings and UV filtering qualities, like the Art Glass UV pictured in the examples below.  It’s nearly invisible at straight on viewing!
  5. Wire, backing, dust cover and proper hangers for the space. When you frame your needlepoint at a professional frame shop like ours, we make sure that even the back of the frame is perfect!
Frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I

This colorful work is by C. Elliott. His crewel embroidery is done entirely without a pattern, and is based on western artwork that he loves. Framed in a buckskin suede and a rustic iron finished frame, it has the rustic appeal of Western USA.

Give your needlework a fighting chance to survive the ages and become an heirloom.

Frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I

We framed this Wysocki library cat needlepoint at The Frame and I in coordinating warm colors to the books and the shelves. The mat is fabric. It’s topped off with Art Glass UV, a low reflection UV filtering glass.  Soft kitty, warm kitty…

Put it in a beautiful custom frame from The Frame and I!  Our professional framers will treat it with the tender loving care it deserves. After all, you put a lot of time and care into stitching it!  So why trust it to stickyboard and big box store frames that don’t fit right?  Let us help choose the perfect color and style to make your needlework really shine.

Frame your needlework professionally at The Frame and I

These whimsical cross stitched hats are framed in feminine colors and shiny silvered wood to make them really pop! This frame has glass in it, can you tell?  No?  Low reflection glass like Art Glass UV is really the best choice for needlework because there’s little glare to interfere with seeing the tiny stitches.

Thanks for reading! Happy Mother’s day to all of you moms out there.

-Ida Woll

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  1. I live in North Georgia between Gainesville and Atlanta. Do you have a store or the name of a store near me that could frame a 30″ x 36″ needlepoint? It needs to be blocked; then I could back it and use it for a rug, or I can frame it. Help!!

    Thank you.

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  2. Do you have a frame shop in Pennsylvania? I love in the Pocono Mountains. I would travel around 100 miles to find a great frame shop. I have been doing counted cross stitch since 1980. My frame shop closed. I don’t know where to go now!

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      Hi Bonnie!
      Unfortunately wee are only in Prescott, Arizona. I see there is a framer (I hope this isn’t the one who closed), called Summit Frameworks, are they near you? http://summitframeworks.com/
      They’re a part of our professional network and have great reviews. I hope this helps!
      If you can’t find anyone nearby we can and have shipped framing nationwide.
      Thanks,
      Ida

  3. I have a cross stitch that I need framed. This is a gift, so I want it professionally done. I live in Thomasville, North Carolina. Do you have a shop nearby? Thank you.

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      Hi there Rachael!
      I’m sorry it took a while to get back to you. My email was all going to the wrong folder! We are only located in Prescott, AZ. BUT! We can frame for you and ship it back to you, if you don’t find a shop there you love. Fourth Street Art and Frame seems like a good shop nearby you.

      Thanks so much, be well!
      -Ida

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