How to Frame Needlepoint

By Jason Gillikin

You have spent countless hours working stitch by stitch to create your needlepoint project. Now that it is finished, you deserve to have your artwork framed and either give it as a gift or put it up on your wall. Mounting and framing a needlepoint print can be accomplished with some supplies and patience.

Warm your iron to a medium-heat setting. Run your iron over your needlepoint print to ensure that all wrinkles are out of the fabric.

Drape your fabric over your mounting board and position it until you decide where you think it looks best. This is especially important for needlepoint designs that must be perfectly centered or which could benefit visually from being deliberately placed off-center within the dimensions of the frame. Mark the spots on the board so you remember where to place the fabric.

Spray the top half of the mounting board with the spray adhesive, then position the fabric over the board. Be sure to spray in a well-ventilated area, using appropriate protective measures.

Smooth the fabric onto the board, starting from the top. Ensure that there are no creases or bubbles in the lay of the fabric. Once the top half is positioned, spray the bottom half of the board with the adhesive and smooth the remaining fabric onto the mounting board.

Smooth the edges of the fabric around the back of the mounting board. Trim the fabric with the scissors all the way around, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Use masking tape to secure the extra 1/2 inch leftover to the back of the board to prevent fraying.

Remove the fasteners from the frame backing and insert the mounting board into the frame. Once it is inserted, refasten the closures on the frame.

Tip

Buy a frame that has both a collapsible stand as well as a wall-mounting hook. This increases your options if you wish to move your needlepoint artwork from place to place.

Warning

Do not saturate your cloth with too much spray adhesive. It could make the fabric set with some distortion in the pattern.

About the Author

Jason Gillikin is a copy editor and writer who specializes in health care, finance and consumer technology. His various degrees in the liberal arts have helped him craft narratives within corporate white papers, novellas and even encyclopedias.