Framing Textiles

This covers a huge range of artefacts from large hanging rugs to delicate fragments and family heirlooms. The stability of the piece to be framed is always our primary concern. At the very outset we examine the piece and determine its condition, we then discuss ways in which we can display it while best maintaining its shape and preserving it using conservation methods.


Often the most sympathetic way of mounting a textile is to sew it to an acid-free backing board, a fabric-covered board, or another fabric. Some textiles may need to be looked at by a specialist textile conservator (we can advise on this). Other textiles can be stretched over a wooden frame or board. Embroideries, needlepoint and similar techniques often need squaring up on a pegged, squaring board prior to framing. T-shirts and other textile garments are usually sewn and, if preferred, stretched over a shaped template.


When choosing a frame think about the style, period and feel of the image, and what might suit your interior and/or purpose. In most cases it is best to keep it simple. The majority of textiles will need a deeper box frame so that the item is spaced away from the glass using spacers, mounts or slips.. Remember that larger images are going to need stronger frames to support them, and thick materials will need deeper frames. 


We would always advise on the use of UV filtering glass or acrylic to avoid fading colours and deterioration of textile threads. If reflections might be a problem, modern anti-reflection glass can significantly reduce this. Using acrylic will reduce the overall weight of the framing and avoid potential damage caused by glass breakage.


Restoration and conservation of textiles are possible and, when expertly done, can produce excellent results. We always advise where we think the services of a textile conservator are necessary.