Fabrics come in various designs, colors, and textures, which is why textile art is steadily rising in popularity nowadays. If you plan on displaying and framing a textile that you think will enhance the aesthetic value of your home or special textile art that would make a good conversation piece, you should know that the process requires much thought and know-how to carry out successfully.
Here are a few pointers on how to best frame textiles so that you not only hang and present your favorite fabric or textile art but preserve its quality as well.
Carefully Select the Material for the Mat and Backing Board
When framing textiles, not all mats and corrugated boards are created equally. Low-quality mat and backing board generally contain harmful substances that later on produce acids that can harm the quality of the textile. If you use an acidic backing board, it will undoubtedly damage the textile by ruining the fibers making it yellowish in color and brittle in texture over time.
To preserve the quality of your textile art, it is best to use a mat and backing board that is free from impurities so that it can neutralize the acid that may develop after some time. The best material for the job is one that is made from cotton or chemical wood pulp free from lignin.
Be Mindful of Light
Light, whether visible or invisible, hastens the deterioration of textiles. This is the reason why textiles that are often exposed to light readily fade or change in color and texture (i.e. become brittle). Given this reality, you should be mindful of the glass you are going to use as you frame your textile art. The most suitable ones that will best protect your textile pieces would be:
- UV filtering glass
- UV filtering Plexiglass
- UV filtering non-glare glass
UV filtering glass may readily break once dropped but its quality remains even after regular wiping and cleaning. UV Plexiglass, on the other hand, is durable enough to withstand breaking even after being dropped, but it can be easily scratched during cleaning. UV non-glare glass essentially has similar qualities as a UV filtering glass.
Choose the Right Hardware Components and Frame
The frame that you should use to preserve your textile piece should have some level of depth so that there is at least 3/8 inch of gap between the mounted textile and the glazing. You should also ensure that all the hardware components of the frame such as screws are rust-resistant. You should also use mirror hanging fasteners instead of wires because the former provides better security and will keep your framed textile straight and firmly set on the wall.
The tips mentioned above for framing textiles will ensure that your fabric art will not only last for a long time but will also not deteriorate in quality.
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