framing wool applique

Old 04-26-2014, 05:44 AM
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I am seeking helpful tips for framing a small wool felt applique. I have a 5x7 piece and would like to frame it in an 8x10 wooden frame. I read that it is best to take out the glass. I haven't trimmed the piece yet, and don't plan any special edges (such as penny circles). I would like to use a piece of flannel as sort of a mat look. Now the questions. Should I simply place the piece on the flannel and top stitch by hand (possibly a running stitch) or machine the felt on the flannel? Or should I trim the piece and then sew on borders from the flannel (leaving flannel to wrap around to the back)? I suppose I could also place the piece on the flannel and then secure it with a few hidden stitches through the backing beneath the applique pieces. The 5x7 is a small "thank you" gift that I designed for a friend. It is a simple design, a small vase with a couple of daisies. The background wool felt is a creamy yellow and I purchased quilt shop flannel in a nice darker blue for the "mat."
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I just though of one other alternative: covering an actual mat with the flannel. The frame came
with a mat.

I'm probably making this too difficult. But I would like it to look nice. Thoughts, anyone?
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I just though of one other alternative: covering an actual mat with the flannel. The frame came
with a mat.

I'm probably making this too difficult. But I would like it to look nice. Thoughts, anyone?
This is what I was going to suggest.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:57 AM
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You can buy a shadow box frame that has distance between the appliqué and the glass. You could also use a regular frame if it has a thicker mat around the edge. The thicker matt should keep the appliqué from touching the glass. You could also use a regular frame but pile a couple of felt matts you cut yourself around the appliqué before putting it into the frame just make sure it isn't too thick to get the frame back on.
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I like the idea of covering the background with flannel then top stitch or running stitch around your work to hold in place.
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Thanks, everyone. I ended up buying a frame with an inset space to leave a small amount of room between the glass and the wool piece. I then covered the mat with the wool flannel. It looks nice---except I think I should have used a different colored background under the daisies. Next time, I'm going to try stitching around the piece to see how that looks.
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A picture of the whole process, or a finished project picture would have been nice.??
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Having troubles posting photo.. rectangle shadow on left is from my ipad... (I did add the glass. The frame is wood, but the inner brown is plastic and leaves about 1/4 inch between wool and glass.
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Oooh! Very pretty!
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Thanks, very simple and quick!
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