Mounting and Framing Your Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf

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The second way to mount your needlework takes a lot more time, but can be worth it. Some stitchers have found that when usingrepparttar first method,repparttar 116236 spray adhesive has yellowed their work, sometimes in as little as six months. Lacingrepparttar 116237 needlework down is a popular way to attach it torepparttar 116238 mounting board, I would suggest that if you are going to do this, to machine stitch aroundrepparttar 116239 sides about ¼ inch in fromrepparttar 116240 raw edge as this will help preventrepparttar 116241 fabric threads from tearing out when you are pullingrepparttar 116242 lacing. To lacerepparttar 116243 back ofrepparttar 116244 needlework, you will need a tapestry needle and strong thread. I generally recommend lacingrepparttar 116245 longest side ofrepparttar 116246 fabric first. To start, make several small stitches atrepparttar 116247 top, right whererepparttar 116248 long side meetsrepparttar 116249 top edge ofrepparttar 116250 mounting board (about ¼ inch in fromrepparttar 116251 raw edge). This will anchor your thread. You then drawrepparttar 116252 thread allrepparttar 116253 way across torepparttar 116254 opposite side about one inch below where you came from, so it’s not completely straight across. I’ve heard it compared to lacing a shoe with one lace instead of two. Work your way downrepparttar 116255 sides, going back and forth, stopping every three to five stitches so you can pull it uniformly tight. Make sure you don’t breakrepparttar 116256 fabric! When you’re finishedrepparttar 116257 two long sides, again anchor your thread by making several small stitches inrepparttar 116258 fabric. You’ll then want to dorepparttar 116259 same thing onrepparttar 116260 short sides ofrepparttar 116261 fabric. This will makerepparttar 116262 fabric stay on and ensure that it is tightly pulled so no wrinkles will show up onrepparttar 116263 front.

When your mounting is finished, just put your needlework inrepparttar 116264 frame, putrepparttar 116265 backing on, and enjoy your finished project!

Katrina Renouf has been cross stitching for over 10 years, and is the owner and webmaster of

The Care and Conservation of Antique Prints

Written by Neil Street

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Framing is another area that can often bring trouble. Yet, a few easy tips can usually ensure a successful framing project. First, use a good framer. Call a local museum and ask who they recommend. Ask friends or acqauintances for recommendations. Don’t be afraid to shop around. Then, expect to pay a bit more. Good framing is expensive, but it should outlast all of us. When you are satisfied you have selected a good framer, you should be comfortable in being guided by them, but here are a few “musts.” You must use “anti-uv” or “conservation” framing glass. This will deflect most ofrepparttar harmful light that can destroy paper over time. If you are using matboard, you must use “archival” quality matboard, so it does not, as time passes, chemically interact withrepparttar 116235 print. You must never allow antique paper to be adhered in any way to a backing board. You must insist on archival quality backing board. Insisting on these basic steps will take you a long way toward a successful framing job – and finally, don’t hang your finished piece in direct sunlight, near a direct heat source, or in a humid area such as a bathroom.

Framing, when done correctly, is one ofrepparttar 116236 best ways of storing antique works of art on paper. But since it is both expensive and space-demanding, it is rarelyrepparttar 116237 complete solution for most collectors. Good, long-term storage can be accomplished by keeping antique prints in mylar, stored flat, in a dry, cool space. Excessive heat and excessive humidity are enemies of antique paper, but many homes today are climatized to avoid such excessive conditions. If you need to store a number of loose prints,repparttar 116238 best solution is to use one ofrepparttar 116239 many excellent archival boxes that are available onrepparttar 116240 market.

After a little practice, evenrepparttar 116241 newest collector can quickly masterrepparttar 116242 basics of good care for antique prints. Common sense is your greatest ally, and most often, your greatest enemy will berepparttar 116243 dangers posed by poor handling. So learnrepparttar 116244 basics, treatrepparttar 116245 antique paper withrepparttar 116246 respect it deserves, and always “handle with care,” and your collection will bring pleasure and joy for many generations to come.

Neil Street is the owner of VintageMaps.Com, which he founded in 1997. His website, an online destination for the antique map and antique print enthusiast, is at Send email to He can also be reached at (203)856-1755

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