I always frame my pieces before giving them. The last thing someone going through troubles needs it to be faced with the effort and expense of framing a piece of needlepoint! But custom framing for so many pieces is beyond my reach. I therefore design my pieces to fit standard frames, which are more modest in price.
When I presented this piece, she agreed with me that it would benefit from custom framing with a mat. I’ll post a picture of the final framing once it is done!
Prayer: Father, I pray this piece will continue to bless her and remind her always to turn to You.
It is important to have the piece properly centered and evenly stretched. Begin by marking the centers of all edges of the foam core. You have to mark the edge of the foam core, because when you are pinning the canvas will cover the top.
Then mark the canvas at the centers of the design edges, just outside the stitched area.
Now take a T-pin and put it through a hole in the canvas at one of the center marks. Then push it into the foam core at the corresponding center mark. Push the pin all the way in, making sure it stays buried in the foam core.
I’m going to stretch this piece on foam core to prepare it for framing. For this, I need thin foam core, and t-pins. The foam core has to be thin enough to fit in the frame. The piece has open-work, but the white of the foam core makes a good background for the cream of the canvas.
The first step is to cut the foam core to size. It should be a little smaller than the space in the frame, because the canvas wrapping around the foam core will add bulk.
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!