Affordable Art: Custom Framing Textiles
People go nuts for textiles. It doesn’t matter if it is high thread count sheets, quirky dish towels, pretty fabric for curtains, or anything in between — people love textiles. You know it’s true because you definitely grew up with chairs that were not meant to sit in or had a mother that said, “Don’t put your greasy head on my decorative pillows” and pulled the pillow out from under you.
It’s hard to find fabrics that you love. When you do find perfect pieces, you want to protect them from anything and everything because you may not find something that lovely again. For anyone that has had a piece of fabric that has been too pretty to use, we have an idea for you: frame it.
Custom framing textiles is an easy way to preserve the fabrics you love while creating an interesting piece of art. We’re big believers in choosing art that makes you happy and that art doesn’t always have to be expensive. Affordable art can come from a variety of places, and textiles are some of the easiest pieces to come by.
If you’re interested in custom framing textiles, there are a few things that you need to know:
- Condition matters. Your fabrics need to be cleaned and stabilized before framing. Some people are excellent with cleaning and pressing fabrics, but most pieces need to be professionally cleaned and possibly repaired. The frame is going to act as a house for your textile, and we don’t want any mold to grow or damage the fabric in this micro-environment.
- Handle with care. You don’t want to transfer the oils from your hands to the fabric. This can cause staining and discoloration that can cause your favorite piece to change over time.
- Give it some air. Textiles need to breathe, and do not like to be smothered. We want to avoid smushing anything against glass, especially fabric, so matting and spacers are a must when custom framing textiles.
- Practice safe cleaning. Avoid spraying glass cleaner directly on the glass. If moisture gets under the glass, mold can grow and ruin your art. When spring cleaning, take your frames down and look at the back. Dust the back of the frame, and make sure your paper backing is secure. The paper is an added layer of protection to your frame and can easily be replaced at home.
Looking for inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Decorative Tea Towel
Tea towels are pretty, but can be ineffective with their main objective: soaking up liquids. This tea towel is a clever reproduction of an old recipe, but the fabric was not absorbent. Instead of letting this disappear to the back of the linen closet, our client decided to frame this for their kitchen. The rustic blue wood frame and copper fillet turn this ineffective towel into a work of art.
This piece of lace may have been monogrammed and framed for a nursery, but it will be an heirloom this child will treasure for years to come. The finished corner thin, gold frame is timeless, and the neutral fabric mat will work with any future art. Simple and elegant.
This needlepoint is already a treasured family heirloom. Made in 1894 or 1895, this young artist created a few needlepoints that our client wanted to display in their home. Each piece was framed with the same neutral suede mat and champagne frame to highlight the detail in the needlework and create a cohesive framing display.
Our client had a beautiful quilt that was passed down through the family. They decided to frame portions of the quilt to give to each family member. At our clients request, we engaged with a professional quilter to remake it into lap quilts. The dark matting and rustic frame do not overpower the artwork within the quilt, and made the colors pop.
Maybe you have a piece of fabric that you like, but you aren’t concerned with preserving or displaying forever. This display option is for you. Our client had beautiful fabric that they decided not to use for another project. Instead of letting it go to waste, we used the pieces to create a gallery wrap display similar to a canvas. Very chic and modern.
Custom framing textiles may not be a new concept, but it is a type of art that most people do not consider for their homes. They’re a diverse type of art that can be used in any space and can add texture without being overpowering. Pull your textiles out of your cedar chest, and put them on display with custom framing.
Need more ideas? Visit our custom framing gallery.