Leap for Joy – Masking an Openwork Piece

The answer is to insert an appropriate mask.  Here I have chosen a piece of green handmade paper which includes metallic golden highlights.  I cut it to size, and then insert it between the front of the canvas and the edges which have been folded to fit in the frame.  Note that you DO NOT trim the canvas to the size of the frame, or the edges may unravel!

Masking inserted by Carmen CS

Masking inserted, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, the love must extend even to the details!  Help this family to find joy in the details of their lives.

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2 thoughts on “Leap for Joy – Masking an Openwork Piece

  1. rhekelley says:

    Looking forward to seeing the reverse side (on the edge of my seat!). Do you trim some off the edges of the corners at an angle to reduce bulk in the fold?

    • The place where the bulk matters most is right at the corner, and you can’t trim that too closely or you risk unravelling. I find that trimming the edge of the canvas to about an inch all around is adequate.

      I should say that this framing technique only works for the 10-point canvas, which is fairly stiff in its own right. It also only works if the piece has not been bent around. Usually needlepoint pieces are stretched on foam core. I’ll cover that process sometime on another piece. (More seat edge for you Rheba 😉

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