What a difference framing textile art makes!

I was delighted to recently visit two private clients who had commissioned stitched landscapes and to see them beautifully framed and well-positioned in their new homes. What a difference framing can make!

There are many options for framing textile art, including not framing it at all. Soft edges tend to be preferred by quilters and many fibre artists. Depending on the style and composition, soft organic edges can complement the design and mood of textile art.

Typically, I frame my landscapes with a simple narrow float frame for display in shows and galleries. It is impossible to anticipate the style and preferences of future owners, so I have gone with the adage “simple is best”. Seeing my work in carefully selected custom frames in their elegant settings was so exciting!

When commissioning the landscapes, these clients had indicated that they would seek custom framing to suit their décor. I presented the work finished and stretched suitable for framing. I recommended that the framing be done without glass, as this impedes the enjoyment of the rich tapestry effect of my work. I am happy to see that they accepted my advice.

Glen Huron Hills” 14” x 18” is a relatively monochromatic winter scene with high contrast light snow and dark shadowed trees.

Glen Huron Hills by Tracey Lawko unframed

A wide beveled black frame with a white linen inset gives the scene presence. It hangs as the focal point at the end of a front hallway and really has impact.

Glen Huron Hills (framed) by Tracey Lawko


Autumn Morning” 20” x 24” with its blazing fall colours.

Autumn Morning by Tracey Lawko unframed

Here it has been surrounded in a stunning natural wood frame with fine carved detailing at the inner edge. It sits beautifully over an antique dining room sideboard.

Autumn Hills (framed) by Tracey Lawko

Thank you Peter Blaiklock for taking the photographs.

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