Tips For Choosing A Frame For Your Needlework

Needlework as a hobby has grown in popularity over the last few years and it's not difficult to understand why. Needlework can be relaxing and also absorbing, so it's a great way to switch off from all your other thoughts for a while. When you create a needlework piece you're proud of, it's natural to want to display it, or even give it as a gift, but you may be wondering how to best frame such a piece of work. Here are some tips for choosing a frame for your needlework.

Your Décor

To ensure your framed needlework looks good in the room you're going to hang it in, you'll need to consider the décor of the room. For example, you may think your needlework piece would look amazing in a vintage wooden frame with intricately carved edging, but that style of frame won't work in a room with contemporary or minimalist décor. The frame needs to complement both the work and the room. Thin frames in muted tones suit contemporary décor, while distressed wooden frames suit shabby chic décor.

Frame Size

Needlework pieces tend to be relatively small when compared to other types of artwork, so it's important to choose a frame that's not going to be too big or bulky, as this could overshadow your needlework. The width of your frame should be proportionate to your piece, and very small pieces of needlework tend to suit simple frames with no mounting, which can make the piece look smaller than it actually is.

The Theme

Does your needlework piece have a theme? If so, you may want to choose a frame that continues the theme, as this can make your hung piece stand out more. For example, if you have a beach theme, you may want to choose an ocean-blue frame, or if you have a countryside or woodland theme, you may want to choose a natural wood frame that matches the browns in your needlework.

The Colour

You don't necessarily have to stick to popular wood, white or black frames. You could pick out a key colour from your piece and choose a frame in that colour. Coloured frames can make your needlework stand out when hung on white walls. If you don't want a coloured frame and your needlework is on the larger side for such pieces, you could opt for a coloured mount board, but be sure not to have a large border around your work, as this will make it look smaller and can detract from the intricate detailing.

If you're feeling unsure about picking out a frame, take your piece along to a framing store and compare a range of frames alongside your work to get a better idea of what looks good. For more information about needlework framing, talk to a professional near you.

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I started my first scrapbook when I was a wee young thing and I was really pleased when scrapbooks came back into fashion a few years ago. It gave me the chance to help my grandchildren make their own first memory books. This is a great hobby to share with your littlies — you don't just have fun together now but build long-term memories for them in the future. Some of my grandkids like to use scrapbook kits; others like to build their own books from scratch. In either case, if you're interested in ideas, scrap tips or activities, take a look around my blog. Here's hoping your grandkids have as much fun creating scrapbooks as mine have.



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