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« on: July 31, 2009 06:14:08 PM »

I wasn't sure which board this fit best on, but I decided artists are most likely to know about framing.  I have a cloth dishtowel with a very sweet, dyed-in Swedish scene of lingonberry picking that I would like to frame for a friend as a house-warming present.  I don't have an unlimited budget for this (could spend $50, max, would prefer to spend much less!) and have no idea how to go about framing something made of cloth.  I would prefer to leave the edges showing, they are nice rolled hems.  Any ideas on how to do this?  Mount it on nice matte board, cut to frame size, is my instinct, but what can I stick it to the matte board with that won't damage the cloth?  Help much appreciated!

« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009 08:54:10 PM »

I may know a way how to do this but it may be a little to complex to explain, Wink
here's a drawing to help you get a better idea of what you can do.

First you will need :

some cloth black or white
thin foam board
simple picture frame (larger than the towel)
some pins
a normal stapler
a sheet of poster board or bristol board.

First cut the foam board to the size of the fitting of the picture frame.
then pin the towel to the fabric, inserting the pins thru the back side of the fabric to show less of the pin on the towel.

now staple the fabric on the edges to the foamboard,( make sure you center it out before stapling) then cut a square in the posterboard to around 1 inch larger than the towel.

then sandwich them all together like shown and viola! you got yourself a framed towel. Shocked

I hope this works for you. Grin

(my picture may not be working, I'll try and fix it later)
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2009 10:58:13 AM »

Hey, thanks!  I wonder if I could just do teensy stitches, even, in the color of the cloth.  My experience with pins left in fabric over time is that they rust for some reason...but if I did small stitches onto a cloth background that might be perfect!  Thanks for the tips!

Your picture didn't load, but that may have been just because of the slow connection I have.  Your instructions make perfect sense, though.  Thanks again.

« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009 03:08:34 PM »

I used to work in framing and to get the kind of look you're going for I would suggest doing either a float or sew mount onto matboard. Sew mount might definitely be the way to go because the dishcloth might sag over time with double sided tape. Look for a frame with a lot of room as well because you're going to want to put some spacers (a spacer is a clear strip of adhesive backed plastic that you will be placing along the sides of the glass) into the frame to keep the glass away from the cloth (unless the squished look is what you're going for).
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009 05:49:21 PM »

Ahh, brilliant.  Spacers.  I would not have thought of that, but obviously necessary!  Is the "sew mount" what I am describing (wrapping the matte board with fabric, doing tiny invisible stitches to connect the artwork to the backing)?  If not, can you explain what you mean?

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