Monday, December 10, 2012

Preservating A Treasured Family Heirloom

In one of my earlier posts I wrote about a pillow cover that my grandmother stitched for my niece; one of her great granddaughters.

A treasured family heirloom with high sentimental value the pillow cover needed to be protected from every day environmental hazards so that it could be enjoyed by future generations.

Peter and the Wolf

The needle art was removed from it's pillow backing and carefully cleaned.

In my framing studio I use the best quality methods and materials  for maximum preservation for all needle art that is expected to endure indefinitely.

This piece was stretched onto a pH neutral, lignin free mount board.

The width and thickness of the acid free matting provides an air gap, which insulates and prevents flattening of the needle art as well as isolating it from the frame and glazing.

The UV-filtering glazing (glass) blocks 98% of the harmful ultra violet rays.

The frame had to be deep enough to accommodate all the layers and was sealed with a tightly fitted, acid free dustcover to protect the needle art from insects, dirt, moisture and environmental changes.

I really believe that it is important  to protect and preserve the things that we hold precious. When our loved ones are no longer with us, sometimes all we have is a handful of snapshots to remember them by.

Whether it is a needle art, photos or other bits and pieces of life placing them carefully under glass will ensure that they'll remain fresh and beautiful forever.

These precious things will withstand the passing of years to be treasured by another generation.

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