“But how will I hang it?”
As I start to sell more of my work, especially to people who have never purchased an art quilt – or any kind of fiber art – I'm hearing this question more and more often. Until recently, I concentrated on teaching and speaking to earn money that contributes to our family income. But now, I'm exploring other ways to make money from my art. That includes joining my county artists’ guild, and participating in my first open studio tour this fall (read more about that here!), and exploring gallery representation, art exhibition opportunities beyond quilt shows, and making other kinds of merchandise featuring my artwork.
I did an entire video workshop for Quilting Arts on the topic of finishing and hanging quilts; the DVD is available for purchase on my website, and you can also purchase it as a digital download at QuiltingDaily.com.
Here’s information about some of the methods I’ve used to hang my quilts, and what I like – or don’t — about them:
I know this may seem odd to people who have purchased paintings or prints, which are always framed or mounted in some way, but many people who collect fiber art prefer “naked” fiber art because 1.) they can examine the stitching on the back, 2.) it is easier to appreciate the texture from the quilting because the light directly hits the piece, 3. it’s lightweight, and easy to move to another location, if desired.
Framed under glass
To frame a piece under glass, I recommend stitching down to an acid free mat board and then framing it either in a regular frame with spacers, or in a shadow box. This way the fabric does not touch the glass, which is important because fabric can get mildewed if water gets between the glass and the fabric. You can learn how to do this using my directions by clicking here.
Here’s a small piece (above) in an inexpensive IKEA shadowbox. It's stitched down to a piece of acid free mat board first.