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Needlework and Canvas

Useful Tips for Stretching Oils on Canvas

Lacing the needlework

  1. Oils are usually painted to fit standard stretcher bars. These are available to buy at most art shops.
  2. If the size is non-standard, you can make your own stretcher frame from 2” X 3/4” baton available from most D.I.Y. shops.
  3. Ensure that the frame is truly square, by first measuring both dimensions and then checking that the diagonal dimensions are identical.
  4. Use a staple gun to position the canvas.
  5. Do not over stretch the canvas, it may tear.
  6. Use ‘hospital corners’ at the corners of the canvas.
  7. Make sure that the triangle corner pieces are in the correct slots provided,NOT between the canvas and the stretcher bar.
  8. Put the bottom corner in first.
  9. Make sure that the picture frame is made, with enough allowance so that the oil fits easily, so that you do not have to force it.

Exert from book Frames and Framing by Andy Parks

Conservation of your works of art is especially important for all picture framing. Therefore it is recommended that you choose a piece of higher quality mount board to stretch your needlework over. Higher quality mount board are termed as ‘acid free’ or ‘neutral Ph’. They will cost more but the lower levels of acid present in the board will help to preserve your works of art. Also be aware that the colour of the board may show through the material so choose a colour of board that matches the colour that the needlework is sewn onto.

Stretched Canvas

How the canvas should look when properly stretched 

Contact Details

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Contact Us

Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield 
Hampshire GU32 3NJ 
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1730 269926

Opening Times

Mornings

The Petersfield Framing Studios are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. At these times please feel free to come along to the workshop to choose your picture mounts and frames or collect orders that are ready.

Afternoons

These are dedicated to collection and delivery of picture framing at your home by appointment. However, if you would like to visit the workshop in the afternoon, please make an appointment to do this on 01730 269926 or click here to e-mail us to arrange a mutually convenient time in the afternoon.

Directions to the Petersfield Framing Studios

From Petersfield:

We are located about one mile due South of Petersfield town centre on the Buriton Business Park. Take the old A3 heading towards Portsmouth out of Petersfield, pass Tesco's and The Petersfield School, both on the right hand side. Keep travelling up The Causeway until the roundabout by the old Jolly Sailor public house. Keep going on the old A3 towards Portsmouth from a 30 mph limit into a 40 mph limit and then into a 60 mph limit. Go past a lay by on the left hand side and past another smaller lay by on the right hand side of the road. We are on the next right hand turn. It is difficult to see but look for a red triangle warning sign of a low bridge just after this turning on the right. Turn right here and follow this narrow road for about 50 yards until you see another turning on the right where you will see a small business park in front of you. Turn right here and then immediately left into the entrance of the Buriton Business Park. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the North of Petersfield via the A3:

The exit that you need is the last exit from the A3 before driving past Butser Hill and before the turning off for the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Travel along the A3 past the two junctions signposted "Midhurst A272" and also past the junction signposted "Winchester A272" respectively. This is also the junction where the service station is located. Keep driving along the A3 past the industrial estate on the left hand side. Eventually you will see Butser Hill with the easily identifiable mast on top on the right hand side. As you near the hill, there is another junction off the A3 signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the left heading back on itself. Follow this road for about 200 yards until you arrive at a roundabout. Go straight over this roundabout signposted towards "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the South of Petersfield via the A3:

Follow the A3 over the South Downs until the A3(M) becomes the A3. Keep going past the Queen Elizabeth County Park on the right and past Butser Hill on the left. Once you have passed Butser Hill and you can no longer see the mast on top of the hill, we are off of the next junction, signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the right back under the A3 and you will arrive at a roundabout. Turn left here where it is signposted for "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.