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Lacing needlework

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Mary Beth van der Horst

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Jan 28, 2020
Myrtle Beach, SC
Thank you so much for taking the time to show this in detail! You made some very fine points about using thicker cord and not needing a crazy tension. I have used upholstery thread in the past which can absolutely be too thin, too strong, and damaging to the aida if pulled too tightly. Will switch to thicker cotton next time.

One question for the next lacing step you haven't shown: when lacing near the corners on the last two edges, do you lace your string through both layers of fabric as it folds and doubles up, or do you just go through the outermost and tuck the excess underneath with your fingers or a bonefolder? Or, does it even matter in your opinion?


PFG, Picture Framing God
Thread starter
Nov 19, 2002
United Kingdom, West Sussex Coast. (Bottom centre)
I'll do a time lapse for the other direction and then maybe another for the actual matting and sink mount, but I don't go through both layers, just the outer - the folds don't need to be neat at all - best they even overhang the edges of the boards to make for less bulk, there's going to be at least 4 thicknesses of fabric in the corners


SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
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Jul 14, 2008
Gloucester, MA
John, that was an excellent presentation, thank you so much!
Lots of good tips that I will try on a future project.
I hope you’ll do a follow up, time lapse or not.

Thank you for taking the time and for sharing it with us.
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SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Apr 21, 2015
Comox, BC, Canada
Thanks for these videos. I will add lacing to my list of new skills to learn. 👍

Maybe I won't feel like this anymore:
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