You have worked so hard on your project and now you are ready to frame it. I you are like most, this is the hardest part o the entire project. Framing is very hard! Your material bunches up and the frame never exactly fits and sewing the pieces together, don't even think about it. Lucky for you, there are so many great tutorials online that we no longer have to live in a framing nightmare.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to frame your work is to simply use a wooden hoop aka Hoopla. This type of framing is very trendy right now and why shouldn't it be? It is a great alternative to the traditional square and you do not have to spend a ton of money. You can create a theme with several hoops. If you aren't too stressed with how the back looks, you can leave it open but others like to secure the piece even more and create a nice back by gluing or stitching material. There many tutorials around the web that will help you with your hoop. One of the best is from Craftster.org. They have tutorials ranging from simple sewing of hoops to more complex framing. You can see all the hoop tutorials HERE.
Your fabric bunching up when you put a finish project in a frame can be your biggest problem. No matter what, you just can't get the fabric to lay down flat. It always bunches up or sits uneven.. It just doesn't look good at all. One of the best solutions for bunching fabric is mounting board. One side is stitcky and the other is not. Self Stitching Mounting Board is a type of mounting material that allows you to place your cross stitch on foam core board and with a sticky back, the material will not move. You can then frame your project without any bunching You can find the mounting board in many sizes or you can cut it to fit the frame. You can cut this mounting board to any size, but beware, it is hard to cut and you might run into not cutting the lines straight. It is best to cut it on a flat service with a craft knife that is used specifically for cutting mounting board. Some places that you purchase the board from may be willing to cut it for you. Most craft stores have self stick mounting board in the stitching section or you can order it online at Amazon.
For smaller projects, you can use just about anything! Think outside the box, use an old watch face or the lids from mason jars. Using a mint tin is a great way to showcase your project and store your cross stitch tools. Don't be afraid to try something new. It is fun to use found objects and turn them into something new. You can store your needleminders and scissors in the tin. This is a great gift for those who are just started out on their cross stitch path. Show them how to stitch and let them use the tin for their supplies. Pinterest has a lot of great ideas, too.
From a simple hoop to an intricate tin, framing your project doesn't have to cause you stress. Get creative with your cross stitch, there aren't any rules and if they are, break them! If you are more traditional, stick with mounting board and a fancy frame. If you want something more out there and funky, try items like bottle caps, tin cans, tops of mason jars or nothing at all! Some people leave their pieces unframed and fray the ends of the fabric to give it a rustic look. This would be great for fall inspired cross stitch patterns. No matter what style you choose, make sure you show off that beautiful cross stitch piece you worked so hard on. Show it off with pride!