How to Frame a Tapestry

    by Contributing Writer

    Add elegance and charm to your bedroom with a small, framed tapestry or frame a large piece of textile art for the living room to transform it into the centerpiece of your room. Whether you've just purchased the most beautiful tapestry you've ever seen or handcrafted a personalized tapestry that you can't wait to show off with pride, a frame will help to accentuate the new addition to your home's decor -- and keep it safe from fingerprints and dust.

    Things You'll Need

    • Frame with backing
    • Matting
    • Fabric glue or stapler

    Measure your tapestry. Many frames and stretchers have a fixed size, such as 13 by 72 inches or 18 by 24 inches. Art framers will find it easier to get you a frame that fits your tapestry if you know the precise dimensions. Choose a frame and matting that suits your tapestry, in terms of color and theme. Since tapestries tend to be thicker than pictures, you need to purchase a deeper frame than normal. Gilded, neoclassical frames are popular with tapestries, but there are also more modern selections available in frame shops.

    Lay the tapestry on a flat surface to attach it to the matting. Use fabric glue or fabric staplers to secure the tapestry onto the matting. Smooth the tapestry and press it firmly on the matting to avoid any fabric wrinkling.Trim the sides to make it an exact fit.

    Slide the tapestry and matting into the frame. The matting provides stiffness and will make the tapestry slide more easily into the frame. Depending on the type of frame, you might have to remove the frame's backing first. Next, hold the two top corners of the matting and the tapestry. With the back side of the matting facing you carefully insert them into the frame, corner by corner. Insert the backing to seal the matting and tapestry inside.

    • Depending on the type of frame, you may have to assemble the frame around the tapestry. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to assemble the frame.
    • When securing the tapestry to the matting, fabric staples are best for securing it to a thicker matting. Fabric glue can be used to attach a smaller tapestry to a thin matting.


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