I mentioned that I had finished a project to a coworker who asked if I "stretched" my own. Since I've been cross-stitching since I was 13, I was embarassed to admit that I didn't know what she was talking about! What does stretching entail, why is it important, and how do I do it? I've always just washed them (gently by hand, of course!), pressed them, and attached them to acid-free cardboard-type stuff before framing them. Can anyone help me out?