Before you begin, wash and iron your cross stitch project. Washing it removes the oils and acid transferred from your skin while you stitched it (even if you used a grime guard). Ironing your cross stitch gets the wrinkles out. This means you won’t have to stretch them out which makes mounting a lot easier!
Now that your project is washed and ironed, you’re ready to begin framing.
Watch this video for a detailed example, or follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Measure the Frame (Optional)
This step is optional. If you purchased the frame brand new, the dimensions should be listed on the packaging. This is easier to use and you can skip Step 2 below.
If you’re reusing a frame like I am in the video, use the ruler to measure the inner dimensions of the frame and write that down. That is the info you need to pick the right sized mounting board.
The sticky back mounting board should be the same size or bigger than the inside measurements of your frame.
Only use ACID FREE self-stick mounting boards.
In the video, I used a sticky back mounting board from Joann’s, but I found it wasn’t very sticky. I recommend this one instead:
Step 2: Trim the Sticky Back Mounting Board (Optional)
Take your earlier measurements and add about 1/2 an inch (~ 1.25 cm) to the length and the width. This is how big to cut the backing.
Use the ruler and the marker to measure and mark on the sticky back board for where to cut.
See the video for more information.
Step 3: Peel Off Sticky Cover
Step 4: Adhere Cross Stitch to Backing
The best way to place your completed cross stitch project onto the self-stick mounting board is to first find the center. Fold the fabric in half, rotate 90 degrees and fold in half again – just as if you were finding the center to start the first stitch. That corner is the center of your project.
Next, align the project to the mounting board so that the center corner is placed at the center of the board.
Place the cross stitch and unfold. Adjust as desired so that the project is aligned and centered. Press the fabric onto the sticky back board.
Step 5: Trim Excess Fabric
Use the scissors to cut off the extra fabric. Leave about 1/2 between the edge of the self-stick mounting board and the edge of the fabric.
Step 6: Place in Frame
This step depends on the type of frame you’re using.
My frame has simple tabs in the back that just bend down to hold the picture in place. The self-stick mounting board acts as the back of the frame. Some frames will come with a backing that has features to help it stand up or hand up.
This frame did not have glass. If you use a frame with glass, you will want to use matting between the glass and the cross stitch. This will prevent the stitches from getting squished under the glass.
Hang up and enjoy!
Yep, I misspelled Barack’s name in the test-stitched version of this project. lol After kicking myself for it, I was able to fix the pattern, but I couldn’t fix the video. It has good info, so I’m leaving it.