How To Frame A Scarf

This question is posed to us quite often, I have heard many people who go to a framer to get their scarves mounted and an awful job returns. With something you love it perhaps is best to try it yourself.
Framing a silk scarf is not easy, anyone who has attempted to photograph their scarves knows by the nature of the scarf to actually get it to lay clean flat is indeed tricky and then to attempt to frame this is even worse. A luxury scarf with a hand rolled edge is never perfectly square, it naturally does not sit square and therefor framing it perfectly square requires some knowledge.

Number  1.

Right you have decided the scarf you want to frame, if your scarf is 90cms x 90cms then go for a frame of 110cm square.

What I would suggest before you begin framing your scarf is to practice on a scarf, one that you feel you wouldnt be upset about if you messed it up. Just go to a vintage shop and buy in the same size and fabric the scarf you are attempting to mount.


Number 2.

You need to make sure the scarf is clean and crease free, I find a steamer is far better than an iron for removing creases. Also buy some white cotton gloves from a local chemist so when dealing with the scarf you do not mark or make it dirty – finding a mark once framed would be very annoying.


Number 3 

Stretching. What you have to do is mount the scarf onto another larger piece of fabric, this will stretch it out fully and keep the shape. You must consider the colour of your scarf and the colour of the fabric you mount it on, make sure the colour doesnt appear through the scarf or distract from its detail. The piece of fabric for the backing should be a strong linen or cotton, and colour fast and acid free. Stretch the backing around a wood stretcher as you would for a canvas.

 

Number 4

Now you need to sew the scarf onto the backing fabric, make sure you use a clear thread, invisible thread and just under the hand rolled hem. Pin the corners to keep the scarf position as you sew it to the fabric.

Number 5

Once the scarf is mounted just frame it like any other piece of art. Its a good idea to protect the scarf and the best way is perspex frame. With glass it can build up moisture and encourage mould so a sealed perspex unit is an amazing idea. Plus the advantage of perspex is that it doesn’t have the reflection of glass therefore meaning you can enjoy your scarves even more and fully appreciate the colour and beauty of the scarf.

Also a picture light above the scarf to really highlight the detail and intricacy.

 

This is an amazing way to enjoy your scarves and really adds beautifully to the room.

 

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Loving this scarf table http://indulgy.com/post/rmPR2lujV1/framed-scarf-as-tabletop

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