Fabric art ranges from the very old to the very new; from the expensive to the less expensive; from professional to amateur. No matter where one’s fabric art might be categorised, each is equally important to its owner or the person who spent hours creating their own individual master piece. One only has to consider the time and considerable effort required of our young ancestors in producing old samplers that presently attracting considerable sums at auction.
In many cases, embroidery is unique and one should be aware that fabric art is easily damaged and will deteriorate if framed inappropriately. It is particularly important that a framer uses the best quality materials and techniques to minimise any further deterioration because the alternative will undoubtedly cause problems.
Framers should be able to advise you on the best method of supporting your fabric art and frame it using best quality materials in order not only to enhance its appearance, but also to protect and preserve both for one's pleasure both now and in the future.
As a fabric/textile framer Mal has framed many items of embroidery from quilts, Japanese silk embroidery through to antiques samplers. He enjoys textile framing because of the challenge. No two pieces of embroidery are the same; each having its own requirements and peculiarities that need to be addressed.