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« on: July 23, 2007 11:09:44 AM »

I have several completed embroidery pieces. Some are framed and some are not. They are backed with cotton batting and I don't really like buying the frames. Any other advice on displaying finished but unframed embroidery? Would you buy it hanging from a clothes line to frame yourself?


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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007 07:47:10 PM »

There's merit in having the buyer get the embroidery framed themselves - ensures they like the mat color and frame style/color. The problem with not framing it is that it makes it seem somewhat unfinished.

Rather than hanging from a clothes line maybe invest in some flat pillows to pin them on? Maybe tack them onto foam board like photographers and artists sometimes do? Maybe make roughish frames similar to what canvas for painting is on - or use stretcher frames/bars?)

Whatever you decide, I would definitely display them in such a way that shows that you have taken the time to square them and press them as that is one of the biggest pains in getting a piece framed.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007 07:50:47 PM »

I think tacking them to foam board is a good idea, or the clothesline could be cute as well!

Have you ever seen those folding towel racks that are sold for bathrooms?  If your pieces are smaller, you could fit a lot of them on one rack.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007 04:03:01 PM »

If you don't like buying the frames because of cost, maybe you could make your own? It's actually really easy. They sell small wooden poles at local craft or mill stores. They're square and thin and all you need to do is measure, cut, and then use small nails to make them into frames. You can paint them, or stain them, or even leave them natural for a more handmade look. Afterall, your products are handmade so why not have your displays handmade? And you could keep the frames to reuse over again. When someone buys one just wrap it in some tissue or something and slip it in a bag. If you did do that you might want to make a little sign that says "frame not included" so people don't get disappointed or anything when they don't get to take the frame home.

If that still requires more time than you have, i dont think the clothesline idea is bad. I think it might be kindof cute actually. You could use pretty colored clothespins or paint your own with cute polka dots or stripes, etc. or just use regular ones.

And something else to remember, sometimes simple is better!
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2007 03:28:12 PM »

After revisiting this post and looking again at your question, since you are already putting cotton batting on your embroideries, why not put a coordinating fabric on the back and turn them into tapestries or mini-quilts? The you wouldn't need frames at all or only a small dowel to hang them from with loops?

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2007 11:44:41 AM »

It doesn't hurt to have a couple of "suggested display ideas" pictures in the mix. Make it clear you don't provide the frames.

I certainly wouldn't have a problem with a frameless display. I like to get my own frames for things.

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2007 01:09:54 PM »

Sometimes art and craft stores have really good sales on canvases. Whenever I make embroidery pieces I like to stretch them over canvases. You can get them in a variety of sizes and it makes the pieces look more art-ish instead of grandma's house-ish. Then you could display them by laying them out on the table, some on easels, etc.

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007 06:35:46 AM »

There is this neato foam board stuff at JoAnn's that comes with adhesive on it. It's basically a giant, foam-backed sticker. You could stick some of your pieces to those--that allows for the customer to frame them or display them as-is.

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