Conservation Framing of Embroidery
Cross Stitch needs to be stretched over a conservation board. We glue the Conservation board to a 3.5mm foam board which makes a stable base to stretch the fabric, and enables the use of T-pins to be inserted through the fabric and into the side of the foam board. The cross stitch is firstly centered on the board with T-pins inserted at the center points of the four sides. The fabric is then pulled square with an even tension, inserting T-pins every five or six threads, working along the fabric line. It is important that a double mount or spacer be used to prevent the fabric from touching the glass.
We use conservation tape to seal the glass to the foam board package, which prevents the intrusion of dust and insects. A solid 3mm medium density board is used as a final backing board and this is fixed to the frame and sealed with a long lasting gum paper tape. Finally felt pads are placed on the bottom corners to give a space between the picture and wall, to promote air circulation. The pads also grip the wall making constant level adjustments unnecessary.