Ideas & Inspiration
Needlepoint & Cross Stitch Framing

The last few years have seen growing numbers of people take up cross-stitching as a hobby, and whilst your first few attempts might have ended up, well, a disaster - we think it's fitting that you proudly display your more successful attempts in a frame.

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Cross stitching has never been more popular, whether to give as a gift for a newborn or to challenge yourself.

Having been proven to stimulate the brain's creative side and improve concentration and hand-to-eye coordination, shouldn't picking up cotton be encouraged from a young age?

From mini cross stitch kits for crafty kids to intricate patterns for more advanced hobbyists, cross stitches look amazing when they're framed right. But where do you start after deciding to frame your new work of art?

Choosing a frame style

Once you've finished your cross-stitch, you need to find a frame suitable.

When buying a frame for your cross stitch, you need to think about two critical things: your cross stitch itself (theme, size, colour palette) and your existing decor.

Your decor

Of course, you'll need to factor in your existing decor and room style. For example, let's say your current furniture has a Shabby Chic vibe to it - you might want to keep your frame choice in keeping with one of our shabby chic frames.

Your cross stitch

There are a few things you'll need to consider regarding your physical cross stitch before choosing a frame style. First, cross-stitching is an intricate art, so you don't want a frame which overpowers the piece or, even worse, doesn't do it justice.

The size

Most pieces are relatively small, but we've seen some needlepoint's over 20" square. So an important point to note is that the frame you choose shouldn't be too wide or too narrow for the item.

Choose a frame of the right proportion to your piece
Consider the width of your frame in relation to the proportions of your piece

The theme

Is your cross-stitch of the seaside? You might also want to reflect this in your frame choice by using a frame from our coastal collection.

Match your frame choice to the theme of your cross stitch or needlepoint
Use a frame that matches the theme of your cross stitch

The colour

Picking out key colours from your cross stitch with a similar frame can look amazing too. However, if you feel that's too bold, add some colour by using a coloured mount board that complements the colours used in the picture instead.

Cross stitch and needlework accent mount colour design idea
Use an accent mount to highlight spot colours from your work

Our suggestions

Even with the information above, narrowing your choice may still feel overwhelming. We do have over 700 frame styles, after all. So with this in mind, we asked our GCF Framers to lend a hand and come up with a few suggestions for framing your work.

Traditional. The perfect frames for a classic cross stitch.

Shop Traditional

We often see customers framing their cross stitches in one of our traditional frames. Whilst this is by no means a hard and fast rule, we think cross stitches tend to look more at home in a medium or dark wood frame. The design of these frames reflects the traditional nature of the art itself.

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54mm Wide, Dark Wood Veneer Frame
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44mm Wide, Mahogany (With Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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35mm Wide, Walnut (with A Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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35mm Wide, Medium Oak (distressed Gold Line On Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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29mm Wide, Dark Walnut Wood Stain Frame
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45mm Wide, Dark Wood Stain Frame
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20mm Wide, Antique Pine Wood Stain Frame
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36mm Wide, Walnut Wood Veneer Frame
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20mm Wide, Teak (With A Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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30mm Wide, Walnut Wood Veneer Frame
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45mm Wide, Walnut/Pewter Wood Distressed Frame
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15mm Wide, Rich Teak/distressed(with A Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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15mm Wide, Teak Wood Veneer Frame
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15mm Wide, Dark Walnut (With A Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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27mm Wide, Walnut (with A Gold Inner Edge) Wood Stain Frame
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"it is a good idea to try to match the frame to the cross stitch"

Shabby chic. A vintage finishing touch.

Shop Shabby Chic

Cross stitch has been creeping back into today's society but in an updated way. Having appeared on several pieces of clothing across the high street as part of their design, and in some cases purposefully emphasised to show clearly that the pattern is cross-stitch. This, along with an upsurge in people taking up the art of cross-stitching, could be attributed to the revival of the shabby chic look, Cath Kidston having something to do with it. With this in mind, why not try framing your cross stitch in one of our shabby chic frames.

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15mm Wide, Cream Wood Stain Frame
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29mm Wide, Ivory Wood Stain Frame
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63mm Wide, Ivory Wood Weathered Frame
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49mm Wide, Whitewashed/heavily Distressed Wood Weathered Frame
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32mm Wide, Tan/Whitewash Wood Stain Frame
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42mm Wide, Whitewashed/heavily Distressed Wood Weathered Frame
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30mm Wide, Ivory Wood Stain Frame
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20mm Wide, Cream Wood Stain Frame
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43mm Wide, Ivory Wood Stain Frame
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25mm Wide, Whitewashed/heavily Distressed Wood Weathered Frame
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25mm Wide, Ivory Wood Distressed Frame
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77mm Wide, Ivory Wood Distressed Frame
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18mm Wide, Ivory Wood Stain Frame
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"With a range of French motifs, flowers and vintage linens - cross stitching has a certain shabby chic vibe to it"

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We know just the place to start if you're ready to frame your cross stitch or needlework. We've got a range of perfect products - browse our frames.