Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mounting and Framing Primitive Stitchery

Let me start by saying, this style of mounting and framing should only be done with items of stitchery that you do not mind if these pieces of needlework loses its' looks over time. That being said, since primitive stitchery has had the cloth and or threads treated with a variety of staining agents,, tea, vanilla or Distress It, this mounting technique will not harm the primitive look over time.

Supplies Needed

Piece of finished Primitive Stitchery, punch needle, counted cross stitch or needlework of Choice.
Press-on Mounting Board (sticky mounting board matching the size of your pressed needlework).
Glazier Points.
Flat Head Screw Driver.
Double Stick Tape.
Sawtooth Hanger (2 Nails).
Cardboard Backer (sized to the inside measurements of the frame).
Dust Cover (paper grocery bag, wrapping paper or paper of your choosing).
Hammer (I forgot to put the hammer in the picture, sorry).
Scissors (I forgot the scissors in the picture as well).


Press the primitive stitchery, punch needle, counted cross stitch or the needlework of your choice, that you will be placing on the Press-On Mounting Sticky Board. You can purchase Press-On Mounting Board @ Joann's Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or purchase it online @ . For the money, the best value is the 16 X 20 size. Out of the 16 X 20 size, you can get four 8 X 10 pieces, eight 5 X 7 pieces and a variety of other sizes by cutting the mounting board yourself. Getting the Press-On Mounting Boards from Joann's Fabric online, the purchase of three boards plus shipping was economical. If you have a friend to split the cost of shipping, it would even be more cost friendly.

Remove the cover paper (it has red printing on it) and center your primitive stitchery on the sticky side of the mounting board. Press the center of the fabric to the board, adjusting the primitive stitchery until it is smooth and centered all the way around the four sides. When you are happy with the way the primitive stitchery looks on the sticky mounting board, use your hands to press the fabric firmly to the mounting board. If you should have extra fabric hanging off the sides of the sticky mounting board, you can use the scissors to trim off the excess fabric. Now your primitive stitchery, punch needle, or counted cross stitch is ready for framing.


Remove the back board from the frame and if using glass on your primitive stitchery only, clean the glass. Needlework that has not been treated to have the primitive look, I would not put behind glass unless you have a mat or some kind of spacer in front of the fabric. Place your mounted primitive stitchery, punch needle, counted cross stitch or the needlework of your choosing in the frame and replace the backer board.

An easy way to hold your primitive stitchery in place is by using glazier points. You can get these at your favorite hardware store. Set the glazier point (flat side down) with the point aiming at the inside edge of the frame. Use a flat head screw driver and with steady pressure, push the point into the side of the frame until the two metal guards are touching the wood. Do this on all four sides to secure your primitive stitchery. On small framed stitchery example 3 X 3 to 5 X 7 you will need to use only one on each side to hold your primitive stitchery. On larger needlework pieces you can judge how many glazier points you would like to place on each side of the frame.

To give your framed primitive stitchery a finished look, select the style of paper you wish to use for a dust cover. Take the frame and lay the frame back side down on the paper and trace the outline of the frame. Take your scissors and cut on the inside of the line until you have the dust cover cut out. Place double sided tape along all four sides of the frame. Try to use enough tape to cover the entire length of each side. Place the dust cover on the back of the frame and carefully press it down. Just a little tip, never paint the back side of your frame, with the heat and humidity in every one's home, in time the paint can adhere itself to your wall or wallpaper and leave a paint mark.

To finish your primitive stitchery piece of art, center a sawtooth hanger on the back of the frame, then measure the center of the frame and and place a mark. You will center the sawtooth hanger by locating the raised dot in the center of the hanger itself. Put the nails in the sawtooth hanger and you now have successfully mounted and framed your primitive stitchery.