"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. "
- Marcus Aurelius
One of the best parts of indulging in a creative hobby or passion is displaying afterwards for everyone to see. When it comes to displaying your embroidery art, some of the common ways include placing it in a frame or hanging it on an embroidery hoop. However there’s another classy way for you to show off your beautiful handiwork!
Try wrapping it or stretching it on a canvas frame. Displaying your project this way gives it a refined, professional look. Although the technique requires you to plan ahead, it’s a surprisingly easy and fast technique that allows you to showcase your embroidery elegantly.
We have for you a detailed guide that delves into the materials required and the steps involved in this method.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Here’s everything you’ll need in order to display your embroidery on a stretched canvas :
- A blank stretched canvas or wooden stretcher bars
- Finished embroidery ( with plenty of extra fabric around the embroidery that you wrap and stretch around the canvas)
- 4 large binder clipsor bulldog clips
- Strong thread + needle and scissors
- Pen/pencil and ruler
- Fabric glue, staple gun or hot glue gun
- Optional materials : Wool-blend felt, Sawtooth hanger, hammer.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
STEP 1: Carefully iron your project
Before you can begin the process, first you need to prep your fabric for framing. Pressed your project to remove wrinkles. In case you need to iron it, turn it over and iron the back of the fabric so that the stitches aren’t exposed to the heat.
STEP 2 : Measure and Cut the Embroidered Fabric to Fit the Canvas
Place the canvas on the back of your ironed/pressed fabric and trim it evenly on all four sides. Leave about 2 to 2-½ inches of fabric beyond the frame of the canvas to stretch and wrap around till the back of the canvas. ( Note : if your fabric is thicker you’ll a larger border of fabric as well)
Wrap one edge of the fabric around the frame and using one of your binder clips hold it in place in the centre of the frame bar. Repeat with all four sides.
Make sure the fabric is tightened till its taut across the canvas.
OPTIONAL STEP : Lacing the Back of the Canvas
Cut 2 to 3 yards of strong thread. Starting in the middle of the sides of the canvas, begin lacing the back by stitching through the wrapped fabric working outwards from the middle of the stretched fabric Remember to pull the fabric taut with each stitch; each stitch should go through the fabric /4″- 1/2″ from the edge.
After the lacing the sides, stitch the top and bottom of the canvas. Keep the lacing in the open area on the back of the canvas. There should loose fabric at the corners which you can proceed to fold/tuck in the next step.
STEP 3 : Staple or Stitch the Back of the Canvas
Starting at the corners, pull and pinch the fabric along the edge of your frame. Fold this pinched piece of fabric flat, and pull the remaining corner fabric down over it so that the fabric as tight and flat on all corners as possible. Once it’s as tight as can be staple the corner in place. Repeat this process with all four corners, and remove the binder clips.
The second option is to stitch the corners in place. For this, tuck all four corners of the fabric under thefolded flap at the top as tightly as possible. Then fold all the extra fabric so that it lies tight across the canvas. Once all corners are tucked and the fabric folded neatly, stitch ( using strong double thread) the fold down over the tucked corner to prevent it from coming loose. Secure the end of the thread with a tight knot close to the fabric.
If there happens to be any extra fabric poking out after the stitching you can trim it off.
At this step your embroidery is ready to be displayed on the stretched canvas. But if you’d prefer a more polished look, then an extra step is worth it.
STEP 4 : Add Felt and a Sawtooth Hanger
To refine your finished project and make it a bit neater in the back, trace the canvas on a piece of wood-blend felt, cut it out (about 1/4 inch smaller than the canvas frame)and glue it to the back of the canvas.
For hanging, you can either cut a thin rectangle strip of felt and glue it to the top back corners of the canvas as a hanger or you can hammer a traditional sawtooth picture hanger into the fabric at the top.
Now your embroidery is ready to hang or even be gifted. You can even place it on a shelf or wall in case you choose not to add a hanger. Since canvases come in a variety of sizes you can choose embroidery projects of any size to display using this technique.
With this method your finished work looks very professional – even if you’re a beginner – and it’s a nice change from a standard frame or hoop!