Stretching canvas


True Grumbler
Jan 9, 2006
New Hampshire
I am new in the framing business and have not had the opportunity to stretch many canvas items. I have recently been asked to do two pictures with no borders. Neither are large and can not afford to loose the edges. Are there other ways to "stretch" or mount canvas pictures? Thanks, I'm in need of advice.
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If there is no serge left around the picture then they can be sent out and re-lined [old canvas is sanded off of the gesso and glued to new canvas].

Very expensive.

There are very good reasons that we framers put frames around artwork. It protects the work, and enhances the viewing pleasure.

But if you must, use the search for threads on Gallery Wraps.

Sorry. Missed the 1 post. Welcome and do what Tim said.

Welcome to the Grumble! You will find a wealth of information here on all phases of framing.

Regarding your small canvases, it may be a better optiion for you to glue the canvas down to a solid board in a manner similar to the canvas boards that are sold in art supply stores. Unless the canvases are extremely old/valuable according to the opinion of your customer I would suggest this option to them as it will save all but a small bit of the image around the edges and be much more cost effective than relining them. If they are old and in need of relining that is a different issue.

YOu can then frame the canvases and the finished appearance should be very close to a stretched canvas.

Good luck.

Framerguy and I usually agree, but not on this one. Regardless of value, I would not glue the canvas down.

You haven't told us much about these artworks. Are they old or new? Are they valuable, or an amateur owner's hobby works?

If the art has value, send it to a conservator for proper lining. Don't try to do it yourself, because if you make a mistake, it may be irreversible.

If the art's value is insignificant and it does not warrant conservation treatment, then I would securely hand sew its edges to a sturdy fabric backer and stretch that as usual. That method would be relatively non-invasive, low risk, and reversible in the future.