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FRAMING DIY

To frame a poem/text or picture print such as the Galway hooker shown above, you will need:

  • A frame with an internal picture dimension/mount aperture of around A3 size ( 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches). The overall size of the frame should be at least the size of the whole cloth (approx 38 x 46 cm). Any smaller and you may have to cut the cloth to size - folding it over is likely to result in too much bulk for the frame.
  • An iron (to prepare your print so it's crease free)
  • Masking tape & duct tape    
  • Iron your print & set it aside to cool, flat, so that it doesn't mist up your frame later. Take the backing off the frame. Lay your cooled print face side down over the picture mount. In good light & using alight coloured surface to work on, you'll be able to see the print through the linen allowing you to position as you wish. Use masking tape to keep the print in place while you get the framing right. Start at the corners and middle of the side seams but try not to pull it too tight or the fabric will be stretched out, distorting your image. Once happy, use duct tape around the edges to hold the print in place. Framed fabric pieces can have a tendency to sag so its important to make sure the tape is well fixed. It can be easier to do it with several short lengths of duct tape rather than long strips. Don't worry to much if it looks untidy, it won't be seen when the picture frame is re-assembled. Finally put the frame back together & hang. We love to receive photos of your framed prints - email them to us at hello@galwayirishlinen.ie for inclusion in our soon to be revealed gallery page.