Needlework Framing Photos
Sometimes a frame can take days to complete, even if the design appears to be a simple one. This beautiful antique beaded needlework was brought in with absolutely no border for stretching. First, it needed to be hand stitched to a piece of cotton. Then, several templates were made on the computerized mat cutter to achieve the perfect shape to surround the corners. The template was used as a guide to stretch the needlework so that it was perfectly straight and aligned, showing every single bead. A 100% cotton matboard was cut to be used as a spacer between the stretched needlework and the top mat. Finally, the bevel of the top mat, a rich, leafy green silk-covered mat, was hand painted in gold. The bevel was painted three times for complete coverage, and painted free-hand (unmasked) to make sure the fibres of the silk remain uncoloured.
Close-up of the hand painted bevel of the silk matboard. The bevel was painted three times for coverage, and free-hand (unmasked) to make sure the silk fibres remained uncoloured.
The finished silk matboard with hand painted bevel.
The 100% cotton spacer matboard - not a single bead is covered by this mat!
The completed stretched needlework.
Using a template to stretch the needlework perfectly straight.
Hand stitching the needlework to a piece of 100% cotton.