Washing

  • Rinse the piece under cold running water.
  • Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid.
  • Rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Roll your project between two clean towels
  • Squeeze gently, do not wring!
  • Let your project air dry until it is damp.
  • Iron your project by placing it face down between a folded towel and pressing it lightly with a warm iron.

Framing

Hoop

  1. Place the backing fabric front side down on top of your inner hoop. 
  2. Lay the project finished side up on top of the backing fabric, and attach the top hoop.
  3. Tighten the nut or screw securely. 
  4. Tug the corners of the backing fabric and the project slightly to make the fabric taunt.
  5. Tighten your main hoop once again.
  6. Trim the backing fabric so it is level with your inner hoop.
  7. Trim the project fabric down to about 0.5” (1,3 cm) – enough to go over the edge of your hoop. 
  8. Use textile glue and start gluing around the circle.
  9. Put a little glue on your finger and dab it on the hoop wall.
  10. Press down your fabric and hold in place for several seconds until the glue starts to bond - keep working all the way around your hoop. 

Frame

  1. Make sure your glass frame is clean before framing.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard or mountboard to fit inside your frame.
  3. Make sure there is some room left (about 2-3mm all the way around).
  4. Take a pen or pencil and mark the centre at the top, bottom and sides.
  5. Draw lines from top to bottom and from one side to the other to mark the centre.
  6. Position your cross stitch piece in the centre of the cardboard or mountboard.
  7. Measure the border around the design and make sure that it's equal at all sides. Insert pins along the top edge to secure it.
  8. Stretch the fabric down and insert pins along the bottom edge.
  9. Turn the cardboard or mountboard over.
  10. Using a full thread of DMC, start sewing the top and bottom edges together.
  11. Go up and down as if you are lacing two pieces of fabric together, spacing the stitches 5-7mm apart.
  12. When you reach the other side, go back and pull each thread tightly, one at a time.
  13. Fold the side flaps inward, insert pins along both edges and repeat steps 10 through 12.
  14. Place the cross stitch piece in your frame, with or without a mount and secure with the back of the frame.