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Petersfield Framing Studios
Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield, Hants
GU32 3NJ

We are asked to frame a lot of textile work such as embroidery, tapestry, cross stitch and other mixed media to name but a few. I am always in awe of the detail created by many customers and the time and patience displayed on these projects is always incredible. I have mentioned other case studies involving textiles but a recent tapestry that came into my workshop was an exceptionally amazing piece to frame and is more than worthy of a mention.

The customer came in with a section of the famous Bayeux tapestry which he had re-created from a book and a pattern that he had modified to the size he wanted. The customer was convalescing and was looking for something to do to fill the time. Tapestries was his chosen hobby. Personally I am always amazed at the detail and the images created using textiles. The amount of time taken and hence the dedication to create the images is also incredible. Here the achievement is even more amazing as the customer had never stitched before in his life. Here is the finished tapestry before framing.

 

 

Here are a couple of close up images to show the detail of the work.

 

 

 

The first part of the job involved stretching the tapestry over a suitable acid-free board. This was quite a time consuming task as you might imagine but the most important aspects of this part of the job are that firstly the board behind the tapestry is acid free and so will protect the material that the tapestry is stitched onto. Secondly the lacing process is totally reversible so the tapestry could be easily returned to it's original state before framing. Here is the back of the tapestry after lacing.

 

 

 

Once the tapestry had been laced the over mount could be added. A double mount was chosen, partly to complement two colours in the picture, partly to help keep the glass away from the tapestry.

 

 

The green was a good choice as this complemented the many uses of green in the tapestry. However there were many combinations of over mounts (especially double mounts) that worked very well with the image. The frame chosen was a walnut lacquered veneer which the gloss effect of the lacquer was slightly reduced with wire wool.

 

 

The customer kept a tally of how many hours the tapestry took to complete. The final count was 272 hours.