Good day! I’m real excited to share this quick and easy tutorial! This is my favorite method when framing a cross stitch so I hope you find it helpful too! (It would work for an embroidery piece as well.)
How To Frame a Cross Stitch
Prep Work: Iron your cross stitch and pick out a frame.
1. The most important thing to watch for when framing your cross stitch is that you get it STRAIGHT. Use a ruler, pins, double sided tape… whatever it takes cause you will be super frustrated if you get finished and it’s not straight. (Speaking from experience here…)
Pick out your frame and remove the little paper that comes in the frame. This will be your ‘pattern.’ (If it’s not the right color, just trace it onto a piece of cardstock that is right.) Line it up on your cross stitch and double check with the frame over top to be sure that it looks good and is straight!
2. Trim up your cloth. Leave about 2 inches on each side and snip the corners so they aren’t bulky and obnoxious.
3. Double check AGAIN that your cross stitch is straight before you iron it! Aida cloth is typically really stiff, so it will be tough to undo the pressing that you’ve done after this step. BE WARNED!
Press each side over your paper pattern, short sides first, followed by long.
4. Once pressed, choose an embroidery floss the same color as your paper pattern (so there is no chance of seeing it once it’s framed.) Tie a knot in the end of a long piece. I like to go worst case scenario, so I use about 1.5 arm lengths for this size. It does depend on the size of your cross stitch and how many times you go back and forth across the back of your piece. Use your best judgement.
Zig zag across the back of the piece, starting with the short sides first, as shown. Secure it with a knot.
5. Repeat, this time stitching together the long sides.
6. Pop it in your frame and voila! You’ve done it, you crafty little genius you!
If you’ve used this tutorial or have any questions, please tell me in the comments!