Day 6: How to Finish and Display Your Embroidery Work
Congratulations! You have successfully completed your embroidery project. Now it's time to give your masterpiece the finishing touches and find the perfect way to display it. Here are some tips to help you finish and showcase your embroidery work:
1. Trim and Secure the Threads
Start by carefully trimming any excess threads on the front and back of your embroidery. Be sure to leave a small tail, around 1/4 inch, and secure it with a knot or by weaving it into the stitches on the back of the fabric. This will prevent your work from unraveling over time.
2. Iron the Fabric
Next, gently iron your embroidered piece to remove any wrinkles and give it a polished look. Place a thin cloth or a pressing cloth over the embroidery to protect the stitches, and use a low heat setting on your iron. Avoid pressing directly on the embroidered design to prevent flattening the stitches.
3. Choose a Mounting Method
Consider how you want to display your embroidery. There are several popular methods you can choose from:
- Frame: Select a frame that complements your embroidery and fits the size of your piece. Stretch your fabric over a mounting board or use an embroidery hoop to keep it taut. Then, place it in the frame and secure it in place.
- Embroidery Hoop: If you prefer a more casual look, you can leave your embroidery in the hoop. Trim the excess fabric around the hoop, leaving about an inch of fabric. Glue or stitch the fabric to the back of the hoop for a neat finish.
- Pillow or Cushion: Transform your embroidery into a decorative pillow or cushion cover. Sew the embroidered piece onto a fabric backing, leaving an opening to insert a pillow form. Then, hand-stitch the opening closed.
- Wall Hanging: Attach a dowel rod or a wooden hanger to the top edge of your embroidery to create a wall hanging. Add a decorative cord or ribbon to hang it on a wall or door.
4. Preserve and Protect
To ensure the longevity of your embroidery, it's essential to protect it from dust, dirt, and direct sunlight. If you are framing your work, use acid-free materials and UV-resistant glass to prevent fading. If you are displaying it without a frame, consider storing it in a dust-free environment or using a display case to keep it safe.
By following these steps, you can give your embroidery the professional finish it deserves and proudly display it for everyone to admire. Enjoy the satisfaction of completing your project and the joy of showcasing your creativity!