You will need:
- Mount board cut to the size of the finished picture
- Strong sewing thread such as a linen or button thread
- Glass headed pins
- Circular needle or large crewel needle
Before you start
Gently press out any ring marks in the background fabric by placing the embroidery face down into a soft towel and dry ironing (no steam) on the back. If the fabric is delicate or has a pile (eg velvet), cover with a tea towel first or hold the iron just above the material so that it does not touch. If in doubt, test press on a part of the fabric which will be folded over to the back of the board first. With the right side facing, decide on the finished size of the picture remembering to leave enough room for frames, decorative mounts etc. Measure and mark the centre points of each side of the embroidery with a pin. Cut the mount board to size and mark the centre points of each side.
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Position the embroidery on the mountboard so that the design sits in centre. Match the centre points with those marked on the board and pin.
Working from the centre out, and alternating sides, gently pull the fabric tight and pin to the board. The fabric grain should be straight on each edge.
Keep adding pins until the fabric is securely fastened. The design should be centred and evenly stretched over the board.
To mitre corners, fold the fabric over the corners towards the centre of the board and finger press along fold.
Fold sides over the first corner so that the mitre sits neatly. Ladder stitch or oversew in place.
Roughly estimate the length of thread needed to finish the row and cut from reel. Rethread needle and lace the second half. Starting from the opposite (secured) end, work along the row tightening the lacing by pulling each loop and holding while you pull the next one. Secure the thread.