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Topic: Tutorial: How to frame embroidery on a padded cardboard shape  (Read 3773 times)
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« on: February 18, 2014 06:21:09 PM »

Here is how I frame all my embroideries:

1.On the right side of the fabric, mark the finished size and framing with pins.



2.Cut a piece of cardboard the size of your frame.



3.Glue padding to the cardboard; here I use some polar fleece. Trim to just slightly larger than the frame.



4.After the glue dries, test fit the frame against the embroidery.



5.Trim the fabric around the outside of the pins, 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch.



6.Tie a knot in a long piece of strong thread (I use automotive upholstery thread) and make running stitches around the circumference about 1/4 inch or so from the edge.



7.Place the padded cardboard padding side down on the backside of the embroidery, using the pins to position it.



8.Pull the thread to tighten the fabric around the cardboard.



9.Stitch back and forth around the opening, pulling the thread tight.  Try to pull it evenly to remove buckles in the fabric on the front.  There may still be slight buckles, but these will be removed later. Tie off the thread.



10.Cut a piece of felt a little smaller than the shape. Pin it to the back.



11.With regular sewing thread, sew the felt onto the back, taking stitches as shown.  Pull them tight.  Sew all the way around twice, pulling evenly.  This will remove any remaining puckers in the front.



12. How it should look once finished.



 13.Heres the front, nice and smooth.

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014 06:44:10 PM »

Thanks times 1,000! I have been looking for a better way of finishing my embroidered pieces!
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2014 05:55:22 AM »

That looks good, front and back!

Great tutorial, thanks a lot!  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014 08:20:51 AM »

AWESOME! Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2014 12:29:03 PM »

You're welcome and thank you!   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014 02:50:51 PM »

Thanks, Ludi!
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014 03:29:43 PM »

Thank you so much for this! I always admired your finishing technique, without really knowing what it was.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2014 05:01:30 PM »

I'm glad this is helpful!  You can add trim or beading after framing, of course.  And any shape can be used, though round is the easiest.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2014 05:05:01 PM »

I also forgot to say, if you want to add a pin back to a small piece for a brooch, you should sew the pin back to the felt backing piece before you sew the felt to the back of the embroidery!

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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2014 12:30:31 PM »

Thanks so much Ludi. This is such a neat and elegant way to finish a piece. Thank you for taking time to do this for everyone.
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