A piece of fabric can be a work of art. Framed tapestries, quilts, silks and cross stitches are all elegant additions to rooms and beautiful to behold in themselves. The fabric you frame can be a family heirloom, a hand-woven work of textile art, a souvenir t-shirt or a stylish rug. Fabric framing is such a versatile and creative art form that you can use it to turn everything from deeply personal treasures to everyday items like cocktail napkins into enchanting exhibits.
Framing fabric art isn’t too hard. All you need is some glue or a stapler, a tape measure, picture hooks and scissors. Sometimes the hardest part is choosing what kind of frame to house your textiles in, but Mobile Frames 2 U can make that a lot easier.
Mobile Frames 2 U provides mobile framing for your cherished textiles all over Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba areas. If you want your textiles displayed at their most glorious in high-quality frames, we can bring our fabric framing services to you!
Reasons to frame fabric
So how does fabric framing showcase textile art at its finest? Here are some of the best reasons to preserve your fabric in a frame:
* It can transform even a humble everyday item into an impressive artwork.
* It protects your fabric from UV rays, dust, moisture and other contaminants that can cause harm to it over time.
* It provides structural support to fabrics, especially older ones that may begin to droop or sag over time.
* It makes it easy to handle, hang or store your fabrics for a long time without the risk of damaging them with your hands.
* It prevents wear and tear, no matter the cause.
Choose a fabric to frame as artwork
Some of the most commonly framed fabrics include:
Tapestries: Woven textiles depicting intricate designs or images.
Quilts: Most commonly, heirlooms and antiques with striking and unique patterns.
Silks: Certain types of silks such as kimonos are often framed to display their beauty.
Needlework and embroidery: For example, cross-stitch creations.
Vintage clothing: Attire specific to a certain time period is often given the fabric framing treatment for the sake of its artistic appeal or for historical purposes.
Wedding dresses: Some women choose to frame their entire wedding dresses, others pick a portion like a swatch of lace or section of train.
What to consider when hanging framed fabric
Fabric framing is an effective and rewarding way to make your fabric last. But there are a few things to consider before you get your treasured textiles ready to display:
How big do you want your frame to be? The answer depends not only on the size of your fabric (of course), but the purpose of framing it. If you want to show off a textile piece at its most stunning, you’ll probably want a bigger frame than you would for a small personal item you’re preserving for sentimental reasons.
The lighting and location
You probably have an ideal spot in your house where you want your tapestry to hang. Consider the lighting in the area and the mood you want to set. Avoid hanging in the path of direct sunlight or near open windows or vents.
The room conditions
In order to keep your tapestry looking its best for many more years, it helps to consider room conditions like the level of ventilation (too little and the fabric may develop mould or mildew) and the state and texture of the walls.
If you’re new to fabric framing and have little to no experience, the best idea is to speak to a professional. That’s how you end up with results that you know you’ll be happy with.
Fabric framing with Mobile Frames 2 U
Framing fabric art doesn’t get any easier than Mobile Frames 2 U, South East Queensland’s original mobile framing service. Our strong attention to detail and dedication to using only the highest quality materials ensures that your fabric is preserved at its best. We take the time to evaluate the size, texture and other requirements of your fabric and work with you to find the perfect frame, matting and mounting techniques.
Our framing professionals can visit your home, office or gallery in Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast and show you through our fabric framing options. Once you’ve chosen the frame that’s perfect for your fabric, we’ll prepare your new work of art in our workshop and bring the finished product back to you.
We’ll make sure the frame perfectly suits the dimensions, breadth, width, diameter and other important measurements of your fabric. Using techniques that preserve proper alignment and tension, we guarantee your masterpiece remains well-presented long into the future.
For more information on how to frame fabric, call Mobile Frames 2 U on 1300 157 720 or request a free quote.