Framing oversized cross stitch

MacGyver

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Hey all!I got this 72” x 40” crossstitch done in 8 counts aida to be stretched in foamcore mounted in ph neutral fiberboard. The finished fabric weighs approximately 2 lbs. The frame is a gold gilded wooden frame 3” wide with a 2.5” inch poly expander. I usually stretch this type of needlework ( esp the heavy ones) using stainless steel staples to secure the edges so they won’t fall off in time. No problem there, but this particular poly expander have a ¼” rebate. Quite tough to keep the staples from not showing underneath the puny rebate. An option is to add fillets to extend the rebate but that is out of the question since the customer doesnt want another extension after the expander. Im about to fire the first staple but there’s just might be someone out there who’s got a better idea of getting through this one.

Im sure Im missing out on this one...HELP!!
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HannaFate

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Use stainless straight pins instead. Better control, and you don't run the risk of tearing the threads.

I gather from your description that there is no extra fabric? If there is, you can fold it over the edge of your backing, and put the pins in the side, instead of the front. Invisible!
 

MacGyver

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About 5/16" of extra fabic allowance,Hannah. Not quite enough to fold over the edge :(
 

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Originally posted by Freehand Guy:
About 5/16" of extra fabic allowance,Hannah. Not quite enough to fold over the edge :(
I would machine sew on enough fabric to almost meet at the back and then lace it.
 

Framerguy

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I would concur with Ormond. Add enough 8 count Aieda to stretch it over the foamboard (artcare or equivalent, I hope) and mount it. Stainless steel dressmaker pins are my current mounting of choice although I have laced many cross stitch pieces in the few years that I have framed so the choice is yours.

I understand the stretching on acid free foamcore but I am confused about the acid free fiberboard and its function. If it is being used to back the mounted needlework, could you not use another piece of acid free foamcore behind the mounted work?

Regardless, I wish you happy mounting and would like to see a photo of the finished piece if you are able to post one here.

Framerguy

Edit: After re-reading your initial post, I see that you may be mounting the foamcore to the fiberboard prior to mounting the needlework.
 

MacGyver

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My apologies for not being able to post my reply ASAP, stretching the fabric proved to be more than a handful and due to terrible time constraint (the customer was waiting for it at the gallery!) it left me very little opportunity to take pictures of the assembly process. You were right, Framerguy. I used acid free fiberboard instead of another foamcore to serve as backing for the mounted fabric and to resist bowing since it is more rigid than the standard foamcore. Clear ph neutral Elmer’s glue was used to secure the board to the foamcore before stapling (stainless. I could have used pins if it weren’t for the rush) using Hanna and Ormond’s technique (Thanks guys!) I posted a hastily taken photo of the finished frame at my shop’s sidedoor . Forgive me it was quite blurry…I promise to do better next time.

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Cross stitch on 8 count aida 72"x41"

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b111/Freehandguy_23/RoseofSharon.jpg
Mounted this framed cross stitch using lacing..I'm a newbie with this mounting technique really
 

MacGyver

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Ooopps...Here's the photo for that link :eek:
RoseofSharon.jpg
 
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