Wrap It Up
Amongst the vast possibilities for what to do with unfinished moulding, has using fabric as an enhancement ever crossed your mind? Fabric wrapped liners are undeniably a unique solution for making framed art more alluring, and can add that unique hint of custom panache that will make your framing efforts stand high above the rest. Fabrics can add depth, texture, style, culture, character, etc. when used in conjunction with art if you have not yet tried incorporating fabric wrapping into your practices, let Foster Planing Mill be the first to help you discover this exquisite and in-demand side of custom framing.
A common, safe, & conservative fabric to use is linen, however, why limit yourself? We opt to go for it and encourage our readers to consider and explore some different types of fabrics (ie: you won’t regret playing around with suede)
A product named “Fabrimount” has been recommended by one of the professionals we spoke with, so our suggestion would be to use anything that would work with this type of adhesive
We have also seen this product in action with our liners, and it really does work well.
when using Fabrimount, avoid fabrics so thin, whereas this particular adhesive will bleed through. If you decide to opt for a thinner or sheer fabric, then a spray type of adhesive would be your best bet. Please share any other suggestions you may have on the Foster Blog so were all up to speed with what works best.
Once you have your selected unfinished liner moulding, fabric, Fabrimount, small foam paint roller, paint tray, razor blade, scissors, & cutting mat, the next decision is if you want to wrap the four sides individually to show a seam in each of the mitered corners, or did you want a seamless look? Here’s the difference: when a liner is end-wrapped to display seams, the moulding is first chopped to size, then each of the 4 sides (including the mitered ends) are individually wrapped with fabric. Next, the 4 individually wrapped sides are joined together, creating an assembled liner with seams. When desiring the seamless look, the moulding is chopped to size and joined while still unfinished. A single piece of fabric is then placed over the top face of the assembled liner and wrapped, just like a wrapped mat.
When fabric wrapping liners, there is no need to cover the sides of the liners, as this area will be enclosed by the frame. Stick with putting the adhesive and fabric on the top of the moulding, around the stem, and to the under-side across the rabbet width. After applying the adhesive and securing the fabric, use the razor blade to trim the excess fabric from each of the liner sides, the under-side of the rabbet width, and to cut into the center fabric corners if performing the seamless look. Use the scissors to cut out the large center area of fabric if creating the seamless look, and to also cut around the mitered, wrapped corners if end-wrapping (these corners usually have some shape to them and require a little more finesse than a straight razor cut).