Do you have some clothing that you love and want to frame? Perhaps it’s a nostalgic piece or something cool you found at a thrift store or flea market or vintage shop. Maybe you’ve got an old concert t-shirt you’d love to hang on the wall, but you want to protect it properly– or a cloth memento from the KU Jayhawks. Do you love artworks? People often frame fiber arts, too, for future generations. Maybe you’ve got some needlepoint creation that you’d like framed, or a quilt? Sure, you could try and do it yourself, but how knowledgeable are you about preserving and displaying textiles? It’s a good idea to have a professional frame your special piece.
Knowing How to Frame Textiles
Professionals– like the folks at Framewoods Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas– know how to properly frame textiles. They take into account several factors, including the material(s), weight, overall size, age, etc. Meanwhile, they think about things like where it will hang, how much light exposure it will receive and even things like temperature changes and humidity levels.
For instance, if you want needlework framed, the piece needs to be blocked and secured. Some amateurs use adhesive, but professionals know to secure it with lacing. Also, to prevent fading of the fibers, it should be glazed. And the piece needs “room to breathe” so there should be space between the textile and glazing– decent ventilation is a must.
Keeping Shape and Quality Over Time
Keep in mind that natural fibers need special care because they’re often delicate and/or “organic.” Framing textiles is a good idea to keep them away from dust and direct handling over time. The frame can also enhance the overall appearance of whatever it is you’d like framed!