Mount and Frame Your Cross Stitch Projects

We want to help you get stitching for Christmas by planning your projects early. If you are starting to think about what cross stitch projects you are going to give as Christmas gifts it’s probably worth considering how to mount and how to frame cross stitch projects, too.

How to Frame Cross Stitch Projects

Use an Embroidery Hoop

Learn how to frame cross stitch projects by using an embroidery hoop!Embroidery hoops come in different sizes so it's easy to find one for framing cross stitch designs.

A super quick and easy way to finish off a piece of stitchery is to use an embroidery hoop to frame it. They are inexpensive to buy and provide an original and fun way to present finished projects. Embroidery hoops come in a variety of sizes and finishes, so you are sure to find one that suits your project.

How to decorate embroidery hoops before framing cross stitch projects!
You can also decorate the actual hoop by painting, decoupage or staining, before framing your work. Have a look at our instructions for decorating embroidery hoops for inspiration.

Mounting and Framing

Mounting and framing your finished cross stitch projects can be expensive, but it does make your piece a beautiful picture for the wall and preserve it for the future. Rather than taking your final piece to the framing shop to get it mounted and framed, which can end up being quite expensive, you could mount and frame your own projects.

Framed cross stitch example

When you are looking for a frame for your finished piece it really isn’t necessary to buy a brand new one. Scouring framed pictures in charity shops and car boot sales can reveal some great frames at a fraction of the cost. Simply take out the existing image and replace with your own mounted cross stitch.

How to Mount Your Work

Cross Stitch Antique Style Samplers, an example of how to mount your work.Mounting a finished cross stitch project can be tricky so we would recommend using a self adhesive mounting board, like this Sticky Mountboard. It really is very simple – we’ve outlined it in three easy steps below:

  1. Cut your fabric and board to size.
  2. Peel off the backing to the board and stick your project directly to the board.
  3. Put your mounted project in a frame of your choice!

Easy and ready to be put on a wall!

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5 thoughts on “Mount and Frame Your Cross Stitch Projects

  1. I have always sent my stitching to a framer and paid plenty to get it stretched and framed but yes it keeps them preserved. After reading this idea I love it but will it still keep stitching as secure, I will also be looking for 2nd hand frames. Thank you for your ideas.

    1. Hi Brenda,
      Glad you enjoyed the feature. I can’t attest to whether it will be as secure as a professional framer but it is certainly a good alternative.
      happy stitching!

  2. I have used sticky mountboard and various frames for some of my smaller cross-stitch items. It works well although you have to be very careful putting the stitching on the board and it does not come off readily if you go a bit crooked! Be careful that the frame has enough depth to allow the sticky mountboard and backing board to be fixed into frame. However the end results are great, quick and convenient. Larger items I still take to the framers – if I’ve spent 100+ hours doing some work I think it’s worth paying extra to have it professionally framed.