Finishing off a needlepoint piece

michelle_phxazSeptember 11, 2011

I am doing a needlepoint project for a wall hanging. How do I frame it? I don't want to have a professional framing job done, but what do I need to do once the whole background is done?

I was thinking of folding the edges over to the backside, trimming all but the last 3-4 holes all the way around and making a border like that. Will that work?


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I have never framed needlepoint myself, but I have finished other people's canvasses by making them into pillows, Christmas stockings, etc.

What you're proposing is just trimming and folding the canvas. Really bad idea. The canvas you are stitching is either taped or hemmed along the edge. If you cut away the hem or tape, the canvas WILL ravel right up to your stitching. You need some sort of edge finish.

If you put the piece into an actual frame, you would block the canvas and wrap the excess around some sort of backing - acid free mat board, foam core, or something.

If you're making a wall hanging, you still need to block the piece, and then back it with some sort of fabric and add a hanging sleeve.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 9:17PM
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First, you need to finish the stitching.
Then "block" it.
Then decide whether to stitch it to fabric, wrap it around acid-free foam core and frame it, or whatever ...

How big is it? What mesh canvas? And how big an unstitched margin do you have?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 2:03PM
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First dumb question, what is blocking?

The project is 19" x 7" but the finished area is 17" x 5", one inch left all around. I don't know from mesh canvases, but the holes are appx 2mm.

Thank you SO much for your help, I really appreciate it!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 6:19AM
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Here is the pic of the project with the needlework finished.

Here is a link that might be useful: needlepoint owls

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 9:06AM
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Okay, I have blocked the needlepoint and bought muslin for the backing. How do I attach the muslin, and, because it is thin, should I double it up?


    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 6:54AM
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