May the Spirit of Love dwell in your heart....

May the Spirit of Love dwell in your heart....

....We LOVE fabric artwork! You invest many hours into creating this type of artwork, so the framing should respect and preserve the work you have put in.

Experience counts for a lot when working with fabric.

Experience counts for a lot when working with fabric.

Ian's experience in textile design and construction with DAKS-Simpson (City & Guilds certified, 1976-1980) means he has a long & well founded knowledge of how to work with fabric, and just what should and shouldn't be done with it.

Crisp, clean detail. Looks good. However.....

Crisp, clean detail. Looks good. However.....

...as with any job, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. The wrong way is invariably cheaper, but will have dire consequences for the fabric in years to come.

Needlepoint (sometimes called Tapestry)

Needlepoint (sometimes called Tapestry)

is hand laced and set into an archival foam box. No glue, staples or sticky tape is used to hold it in place.

When we refer to handlacing fabric, this is what we mean

When we refer to handlacing fabric, this is what we mean

Using staples, stickytape or glue for stretching material will be cheaper, but they will all have a long term adverse effect on your fabric, as shown in the following photos.....

This old stitching piece shows what happens when

This old stitching piece shows what happens when

staples, stickytape and poor quality mount and backing boards are used on fabric. It may be cheaper, but is it worth the risk?

Now encased in an archival foam support, we can't reverse the damage

Now encased in an archival foam support, we can't reverse the damage

but by using the correct material and work practice, we can make sure that it gets no worse.

First, it's fixed to an archival board with T-pins

First, it's fixed to an archival board with T-pins

no glue, no sticky tape, no staples.

before being overmounted, ready for framing.

before being overmounted, ready for framing.

Note the depth of the mount - designed to keep the fabric away from the glazing.

It took countless hours to do this ....

It took countless hours to do this ....

so quite rightly, the stitcher has gone for a premium mount presentation. A great example of the framer's skill enhancing that of the stitcher.

This really deep quilted piece

This really deep quilted piece

needs set into a box frame to make sure the fabric and glass are kept away from each other.

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Needlework and Fabric framing - more info......

We LOVE fabric artwork! You invest many hours into creating this type of artwork, so the framing should respect and preserve the work you have put in. As with any job, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Ian's background in textile design and construction (City & Guilds certified, 1980) means he has a long & well founded knowledge of how to work with fabric, and just what should and shouldn't be done with it.