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Sep 7 / Dani

Framing Fabric – A Tutorial

Ok, more of a general guideline than a tutorial, but you know what I mean.

I had these wonderful hand embroidered “Days of the Week” tea towels that TJ’s grandma gave us when we first moved in together many years ago. They got used, a lot, and got to the point that they were really starting to show a lot of wear. Holes, stains, etc. I didn’t want them to get to the point that the embroidery was damaged, so a while back I took them out of circulation with the plan of putting them in frames.

I finally got around to doing just that (I have been on a crazy finishing kick lately) and thought I would document the process. First, I picked up 2 packs of (4) 8″ x 8″ frames from Michaels. Each frame worked out to be $2.50, which is pretty darned cheap.

Then I pressed each tea towel as flat as possible around the embroidery. Don’t be afraid to use a little spray of starch if you need to stiffen up your fabric.

Then I removed the back from each frame, and wrapped the entire piece of fabric around the backing, inserting it all back into the frame, bending down the little tabs as I went.

Then I flipped the frame over, and centred the image as necessary from the front.

Finally, I clipped off the extra fabric, leaving about 1.5″ all the way around (I was not exact about this at all, and some of the embroidery was lower down on the towel, so one side was shorter). Using some heavy duty extra sticky masking tape, I secured everything all the way around.

And tada! All finished!

Here is a close up of the actually adorable embroidery

Aren’t they cute? I was glad that I was able to give them another life. You could do this with any kind of fabric – a collection of your favourite prints would be adorable. And I have seen it done with embroidery hoops too, which I would like to do with some of my scraps.

I hope Grandma likes them in their new form!


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  1. Mom / Sep 8 2011

    What a great way to let Grandma know how much you appreciate what she did for you! They look super in your studio!

  2. yvette / Sep 12 2011

    So lovely! How wonderful that the work is preserved and on view.

  3. Lynne / Sep 13 2011

    How cute!

  4. Pam! / Sep 22 2011

    What a great idea to preserve something special!

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