Someone asked about how I framed the commission piece I did. Scroll down for the picture and info. Well... since you asked.
When I begin a piece, if I anticipate it being framed, I try to plan for it to fit a standard frame size. I have a little print out of all the standard frame sizes stuck on my bulletin board in my studio. The prices you pay for custom framing (even with the Michael's 50% coupon) are outrageous. So I try to avoid that. That piece went in an 11 x 14 inch frame. (I think.)
After the piece was done, I purchased a coordinating piece of matte board -- from the framing gal at Michaels. I had to buy the whole sheet, which was fine. I'll use it again in the future. (Foam core also works.) I trimmed it with my exacto knife to the frame size. I'm not good at that task. The edges are messy, but they are hidden in the frame. A sharper blade, more patience and experience would probably help. Then I tacked the piece to the matte using strong, clear thread at each corner. It's tough to poke the needle through the matte. I think I used a pliers to yank it through. I took a stitch at each corner and then pulled the thread taut to the next corner. I learned this technique from Sonji. I could also just glue the art to the matte... but then it could not be reframed in the future if the owner had a change of taste. (This also opens up a whole 'nother discussion about glue and fiber which we will not get into at this time.)
I prefer fiber art framed without glass. One of the many things I love about fiber art is it's tactile nature. If it's under glass, you can't touch it. But that's just my opinion. Melody recently wrote a detailed post about framing options... including under glass. And her's are brilliant, of course. Since I always remove the glass, I have a stack of pieces of glass next to my book shelf. I keep thinking I'll have some use for them someday. (Suggestions?)
Then I just put all the pieces together. Sometimes you need an extra piece of matte board or cardboard so everything fits snuggly. I think it turned out nicely. I liked the rustic wood and the sagey color of the frame. But, framing can be a very personal choice. In general, for work that I would hope to sell, I wouldn't frame it. Not only is it an extra cost, but it limits the imagination a bit.
Blah blah blah... that all seems kind of boring. Making the art is so much more interesting that framing it. But it's necessary step in the process, I suppose.