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Overstretched piece - what to do?


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Meredith
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12:16 pm Apr 22, 2010

I had this question from a customer. Can anyone help?

"I cried and cried and cried. The Still Life of Fruits and Flowers II by Chevalier which I sent for framing is spoilt. The company blundered, overstretched the fabric , had it too taut , the pictures lost the 3 dimensional look but had that ugly , flatten trodden look making the cross stitch holes visible that is really heart wrenching."

This was an experienced needlework framer, too. Hers is the latest picture in the gallery of that piece and she was rightly proud of it.

I suggested that she try to induce it to shrink. Take it out of the frame, soak it for a while, let it dry. If that doesn't do it, then try heat during the drying process, either with an iron through a towel, or put it in the dryer, ideally in a mesh bag.

Does anyone have any other ideas? I guess there are needlework conservators who might be able to fix it somehow. Has this ever happened to you?
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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11:15 am Apr 23, 2010

I hope she made a complaint to the framer and that she didn't get charged for shoddy work.
Taking it off the stretcher frame and letting it relax again might be enough, but if that doesn't work, then the only thing I can suggest is trying to shrink it the way you said.
Meredith
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3:18 pm Apr 23, 2010

I can only imagine what she said ... what I would have said! Not printable. Apparently the framer is trying to fix it, which is something.
Patricia
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Location: Florida and Ontario
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3:03 pm Jun 27, 2010

Meredith, I wondered how this customer made out with her over stretched piece??? It sounded like a nightmare.

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Originally posted by Meredith
I had this question from a customer. Can anyone help?

"I cried and cried and cried. The Still Life of Fruits and Flowers II by Chevalier which I sent for framing is spoilt. The company blundered, overstretched the fabric , had it too taut , the pictures lost the 3 dimensional look but had that ugly , flatten trodden look making the cross stitch holes visible that is really heart wrenching."

This was an experienced needlework framer, too. Hers is the latest picture in the gallery of that piece and she was rightly proud of it.

I suggested that she try to induce it to shrink. Take it out of the frame, soak it for a while, let it dry. If that doesn't do it, then try heat during the drying process, either with an iron through a towel, or put it in the dryer, ideally in a mesh bag.

Does anyone have any other ideas? I guess there are needlework conservators who might be able to fix it somehow. Has this ever happened to you?
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