Janell's Custom Hand Made Picture Matting Needlework Designed Frames Direct From Manufacturer

By: Janells Framing  09-12-2011
Keywords: Glass, Framing, Artwork

Complete Framing Services

The purpose of custom picture framing is to present the item to be framed in the best possible manner as well as to protect your investment. When picking out matting and the different colour and materials that can be used, you may need assistance. Jeanette is an expert at this.

Matting enhances as well as protects the artwork. Matting can highlight a colour, accent a shape and also increase the size of the item to be framed. Matting keeps the glass from coming into contact with the item to be framed. It can be cut decoratively to enhance the artwork and spaces can also be used to create depth. Matting is the most important part of framing.

Conservation or 100% acid free rag mat is important in protection your pieces of art and needlework. Conservation framing requires the use of high quality materials designed to protect the artwork. In conservation framing no materials or techniques are used that cannot be reversed leaving the art undamaged and in its original state. All Needlework must be stretched. The acid free foam core is best for stitching the needlework. The people who have done the stitching have put hours of work and sweat into their pieces and want to proud of them completed.


Needlework must be clean. All threads are colourfast (soak with equal amounts of cold water and vinegar will set the colours). Thread ends must be secured out of the way. Important to leave enough fabric around the image. Make certain there are no missing stitches.

The method we use for stitching is acid free foam core with pins. Needlework that is our square is locked first. Acid free tape for corners and holding the needlework to the mat board.

Objects and Collectibles

We create shadow boxes to protect and display antiques, souvenirs, heirlooms and various keepsakes. See an example here.


Glass is used to protect the artwork and needlework from outside elements – but should never be placed directly on the artwork or needlework. (Mats and spaces can be used). Needlework artwork needs to breathe.

Regular glass is transparent allowing the sharp line and true colour of art to be visible. It is light reflective and produces glare. Non-glare glass is regular glass etched with acid to prohibit light reflection. It has a more translucent than transparent quality and causes visual distortion when separated from the art work. Non-glare glass is a cost effective way to reduce the annoying reflections you get with regular glass.

UV blocking helps protect your artwork from harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause irreversible rays such as fading and discolouration. Preservation glass blocks more that 97% of the harmful UV light. Artwork and Needlework should never be hung in direct sunlight. Antireflective such as dimglass or water white denglass looks invisible because it appears as if there is no glass in the frame. Anti-reflective such as denglass or water white denglass looks invisible because it appears as if there is no glass in the frame. 

Compared to regular glass anti-reflective den glass actually enhances the color and clarity of your artwork while reducing reflections considerably. When framing a shadow box or anything with depth anti-reflective den glass is a great choice. However the cost is much greater and the cleaning of den glass is very difficult and requires a special cleaner. 

Tru Vu Conservation reflection control glass is a non-glare glass but is much more clear than the usual non-glare glass. It protects artwork from harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause irreversible damage to your artwork. It reduces annoying reflections and does not cause as much distortion as non-glare glass. This glass is also conservation quality (acid free). It costs more than non-glare but is much cheaper than den glass. 

Keywords: Artwork, Framing, Glass, Matting, needlework