How to Frame
A doily can be a
beautiful addition to any home decor. If you have a very special doily
that is interesting to look at or perhaps you have a doily made long
ago by a relative, it can be framed and hung on your wall both to
preserve it and to let others enjoy looking at it.
Choosing a frame is
a personal choice made to complement or contrast with your decor.
Doilies are no longer just white or ecru; they can be crocheted in
many different colours. Choose a mat that will contrast with the
colour of your doily. You do not want your doily to blend into the
mat; think of a white doily on a black mat; each detail of the doily
will be easily seen. Different frames and mat colours will give a
different appearance. I have pictured some examples of the same doily
in different mats and frames.
Before mounting your doily in the frame, it must be blocked. Please
the doily on your ironing board and very lightly, spray it with water.
Then arrange it to the correct shape. You can use pins if they are
steel (so they do not mark the doily) and do not have large heads.
Place the pins in angled sideways in the four corners and in any other
spots that are skewed out of shape. Lay a clean dishcloth over the
doily and press lightly with a steam iron. Be careful not to let the
iron sit on the doily too long as some synthetics can melt from the
heat. Remove the cloth and rearrange any parts if you need to and
repeat the iron. When you are satisfied with the final look, remove
the cloth and let it sit to be sure it is completely dry (to prevent
Remove the glass from the frame and clean both sides thoroughly and
set it back in the frame. Lay the right side of the doily down on the
glass and centre it. Place the mat back of the frame on and press down
the metal pieces to hold it in place.
If your doily has a
raised pattern, you will want to use a slightly different method as
you will not want to press the doily between the mat and the glass.
Doilies with puff stitches, ruffles, flowers, etc. should be framed in
the following manner.
Centre your doily on
the frame mat and make a slight pin prick on the mat on strategic
points around; the four corners and centre on a square doily or a few
points around the outer edge and the centre of a round doily. Remove
the doily and you can see the pin prick marks on the mat. You will
need to make very small holes in the mat so that you can attach the
doily. Since the mat will bend easily, I have used a hammer and very
tiny finishing nails to make the holes. Then set the doily back on the
mat and with a needle and long piece of thread, bring the thread up
through the hole, around one stitch of the doily and back through.
Keep doing this around and then tie the two ends of the thread
together. Use tape on the back of the mat to hold the thread in place.
Now layer one or two
mats on the right side of the doily to raise the glass and reassemble
the picture frame.
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