A good piece of embroidery is just as beautiful as the finest work of art or piece of music. It takes time, effort, and a good hand to produce embroidery, so it is certainly no stretch when we make such a big claim.
Why should works of art and music be revered in concert halls and museums while embroidery goes unnoticed? Accordingly, after spending so much time and shedding so much sweat on your piece of embroidery, it would be simply a huge waste to just chuck it into a storage box to gather dust for the years to come.
So, with that being said, what better way to display your prized creation other than to hang it high on a wall or laid out on a visible table for all passing eyes to see? Don’t feel any shame! You made art and should be proud to display it as a mother would be to her child. Who needs an art gallery when you can showcase your work in the comfort of your very own home?
Now as to how you choose to display your embroidery is a totally separate question. Just as there are countless ways to create a piece of embroidery, so there are an equal number of ways to display embroidery. There unfortunately is no catch-all way to best display your embroidery as each and every person will have their own peeves and preferences.
Regardless, to help you bring the best out of your creation, we suggest you read on to find out some of the more popular methods being used to display embroidery by embroiders across the world.
5 Different ways to display your embroidery
1. Embroidery Hoop Frame
This method may be the most natural to do as it requires you to leave your creation in its original hoop and then to display it from there. All you need is a regular sewing kit, a sharp razor, and some plastic Flexi-hoops which you can easily purchase at any sewing store or online. To begin, start by cutting out around 2.5-3 inches of surface are greater than your Flexi hoop around the fabric of your embroidery project. We suggest you first measure this out with a pencil and use a measuring tape to make as precise a cut as possible. This also prevents any unnecessary wastage of materials. Once marked, simply use your razor (or any sharp, appropriate knife) to neatly cut out your creation based on the markings you just made.
Once done, flip it over on its insides and now take out your sewing kit and make a running stich around the perimeter of the fabric. This effectively means you need to hem the fabric and don’t forget to allow at least one thin line of thread to hang! Missing this little step will prevent you from finishing things up. Followed by this, mount your cut fabric with your creation on the hoop and you’ll be able to tighten everything up with the little tail you’ve hopefully left behind.
Once done, simply make a knot and make sure everything is securely fastened and you’re left with a beautiful creation ready for display!
2. DIY Framing
This may be a little tricky when you think about it and consider the amount of materials you have to gather but trust us on this one – it’ll be worth all the effort in the end. There are as many ways to go about this as there are stars in the night sky and the potential for this method to become as complex as the most intricate piece of professional embroidery is certainly there.
However, we prefer to keep things plain and simple and as straightforward as possible and that is what we suggest you do too to minimize any stressful experiences.
The way to go about this is simple: cardboard. Gather a piece of cardboard and make sure it has sufficient thickness (e.g. 2.5mm) and is solid to the touch along with other sewing amenities. If you can’t find a thick enough cardboard, you can always stack a couple of thinner layers together and glue them securely. Just don’t use too much glue as it can risk oozing out.
Followed by this, proceed to embroider onto a piece of fabric that is cut into the shape of a circle though slightly larger than the actual project (around 2-3 inches). Once done, simply hem off all loose edges while ensuring that the fabric you use is kept face down throughout the process. Take the prepared piece of cardboard and center it nearly and then gather your sewing kit and proceed to gather stiches all around the edges of your fabric.
We suggest using a durable thread to prevent any unwanted breakage as this is the most crucial step. Once done, gather all the edges together by pulling everything tightly together towards the center point of the circle. After everything is tight, tie up everything as neatly as possible and you should be all set to place your creation onto anywhere in any room.
3. Photo Frames
Opting for this may be the easiest method on your list. Simply hop on to your nearest woodworking store or even onto the internet and pick a ready-made frame for your choice. When it comes to picking the ideal frame, you really don’t have to look for anything too sophisticated or unique. Any decent photo frame will work just fine for your embroidery. Just look for something that is appropriate in size and is made out of high-quality and sturdy wood and then you can proceed to mount your creation with the frame.
Framing it isn’t too tricky. Just make sure you have a sewing kit at hand along with a thick piece of cardboard to place your piece onto later. Get your desired photo frame and simply dissemble all its components.
Usually there should be a thin glass layer or something similar here to remove. Then, cut your piece of cardboard so as to match the shape of your photo frame and make sure your cuts are as even as possible. Now, simply place a layer of fabric onto the frame with your creation on top of the piece of cut out cardboard. Then simply folder the corners of the fabric along the corners and once done on all ends, use your sewing kit to lace all the side tightly together but ensure that you don’t use too much force.
Cardboard tends to crease and bend under heavy pressure. And with that, you should be all set and ready to display your piece of embroidery on any wall or shelf.
4. Everyday Items
The best thing about a good piece of embroidery that truly sets it apart from say, an indulgent piece of painting is that not only is it a piece of art, but it can be used as a tool. Embroidery after all is first and foremost, a highly practical skill that has applications into everyday life.
Accordingly, you could convert it to fit an item you might use on a frequent basis. You could adapt it to fit your blanket or quilt with some nifty stitching, fit it on a pillow by your sofa, or heck, even use it as a hanging piece on a doorway or something. We’ve even seen it stitched onto backpacks, wallets, and clothes. Your imagination and creativity are truly the only limit when it comes to using embroidery in this particular fashion.
5. Stretched Canvas
If the idea of having a solid base to place your embroidery on appeals to you like a photo frame but you’d rather not deal with the hassle of the method we’ve written above, fear not for there is a far, far easier way that’ll get you up and running within mere minutes.
Now to begin, simply purchase stretched canvas at a local store or online – you’ll be pleased to know that it can go for cheap prices so don’t worry about buying it in bulk or making any mistakes. And then make sure you have a frame you want to work with, much like what we’ve described previously above. Canvas at hand, you first begin by preparing your fabric for your frame – we suggest you do this by applying heat via an iron. Any normal iron should do though it would be best to use one dedicated for embroidery if possible – just don’t forget to make as minimal contact as possible with any stitching.
Followed by this, make sure the canvas you use is cut out to be 2.5 inches longer than your frame of choice. Then, place your embroidery creation onto your table face down followed by your canvas on top of it, face up. Grab a set of clippers (e.g. you can use those thick clippers used in binding) and wrap each edge around your frame until you have a clipper on each side. Make sure the fabric here is tight and secure and not loose.
Once done, you can pull the loose ends of the fabric down and hold it onto the frame you’re working with and after you make sure that everything is flat and pulled as tightly as possible, you can begin to staple the corners securely with a stapler. After this, simply take off the clippers you previously used and voila! You have a beautiful project ready to be displayed in any room.