Displaying embroidery on a hoop is cool and all, but I prefer showcasing my fiber art in a frame. I have a ton of frames. I take unnecessary trips to my favorite local treasure trove of a thrift store and usually leave with at least one or two frames. I’ll find some unique, vintage-looking frames that I can turn into whatever I want. Many times, I’ll spray paint them to achieve a certain look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favorite embroidery piece
- A picture frame
- A needle
Prep: Iron the fabric around the embroidery so that there are as few wrinkles as possible.
Step 1: Find a frame that fits the size of your embroidery.
Pick a frame that provides enough space for the entire embroidery to be displayed.
Step 2: Use the frame glass as a backing for the embroidery.
Pop the glass out of the frame and position it behind the embroidery. Make sure the embroidery is right in the middle of the glass. You’re going to end up wrapping this piece of glass with fabric like a burrito.
Step 3: Begin making your glass-embroidery burrito. Stitch the fabric together.
Next, you’ll fold the left and right side of the fabric over the glass and stitch them together. Make sure you stitch it tight enough so there is a good amount tension (an embroidery hoop type of tension). You want it tight enough for the embroidery to look like it did in the hoop, and tight enough for there to not be any wrinkles in the fabric.
Step 4: Stitch the top and bottom of the fabric together.
Now that the left and right sides are secure, you’ll need to also stitch the top and bottom together. All you need is about 3 or 4 big stitches, then tie and knot the end. It’s not going to look pretty when you’re done, but who cares? No one is going to see it anyway. It’ll all be shoved into a frame!
Step 5: Plug the glass-embroidery burrito into the frame.
The embroidery should now fit snug into the frame. Make sure the embroidery is still positioned in the middle of the frame. If it doesn’t, you might need to tug on the fabric a little to shift the piece around and squeeze it in.
Step 6: Bask in the glory of your art.
Done! Now go ahead and display it on your end table, pour yourself a glass of wine, pat yourself on the back, and just stare at your fabulous piece of art.
Now how about some embroidery to frame? Take a look at some of the pieces I have available in my Etsy shop!