This is a piece of crewel work that I did for my mom when I was around 14 or 15...if I'm honest I would admit that was 31 years ago. Ouch...I would rather not do THAT math! LOL You can click on any of the pictures to see a bigger image.
Anyways, some of the wool has deteriorated and come loose, so I decided that I would take it apart and redo it. I was just horrified when I took the back off. This is a piece that my mom had professionally framed, and it is very obvious the framers knew NOTHING about framing needlework. This horrid foam stuff was under the embroidery and was glued to a piece of cardboard.
Then the embroidery was glued to the cardboard.
Then nailed with these nails, many of which are rusted.
Look at all this damage from the glue and rust. What a mess!
I am going to take all of the yarn out and wash the material. Fortunately it is some kind of heavy material. I hope I can get all the yuck out. If not, at least there is enough material that I can cut off the damaged part.
This just goes to reinforce the good advice to make sure any framer you take needlework to knows what to do with it! We put way too much of ourselves into our precious pieces for them to be treated like this piece was. :o(
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