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Football jerseys with "mesh" portions

Frances M.

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Apr 10, 2006
Currently have a number of football and hockey jerseys. I've done them over the years but we don't do them often enough for me to whip through them. I have a signed "replica" jersey from a university that has an open weave through the chest and back, with the usual shiny stuff on sides and shoulders. I have made a foamcore form for it and I'm not sure if I'm overthinking the light foamcore showing through the mesh or not. Other than making a form out of the black foamcore that I have, which is not acid-free, do those of you jersey pros even worry about that? Appreciate any tips.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Feb 16, 2007
I would shove any old piece of white fome cor into the jersey to give it a bit of a stretch then try looking at it is various lights and from various angles. If the mesh is dark the white will probably show through somewhere and if it does I would add a bit of suitably coloured matboard over the fome cor.

Joe B

PFG, Picture Framing God
Forum Donor
Mar 29, 2008
If you don't want to use an acid free black FC or if the black shows through to much just cover the front of the FC form with a cotton fabric of close to the same color. Any fabric store will carry cotton quilting solid colored fabric in a multitude of colors. The fabric is inexpensive and will add minimum bulk.


SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Forum Support Team
Forum Donor
Jul 14, 2008
Not sure if I would worry too much about the acidity of the black foam core. If the white is too bright, I’d cover it with a black matboard, or fabric as suggested
I also don’t always use a form. Some are better off more loose looking.


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Sep 22, 2009
If you are worried about the color of the foamboard showing, you could always add matboard the color of the backing to your form.
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