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Framed Handkerchiefs

Many handkerchiefs from 1900 through the 1960s were printed with lively designs. My great grandmother gave me some of hers, before she died, that were hand embroidered. Beautiful...and I've never used them because they were beautiful AND vintage.

So, frame them! They’re great decorations for a wall.

Wash and iron handkerchiefs; measure each of the four sides, adding 1/2 inch to each measurement. Have 1/8-inch-thick glass and 1/16-inch-thick poster board cut to these dimensions. Center the handkerchief on the poster board, and cover it with the glass, matching up the edges. Do not use tape or glue to mount the handkerchief; residue from either can stain or discolor the fabric. Use a Swiss clip to clamp the middle of one side while applying foil tape along the opposite edge, making sure the tape adheres to the glass and the poster board. Snip tape at the corners. Center a clip over the tape, then repeat the process for the remaining three sides.

You can also get frames ready made and put them in, or take them to a budget You-Frame place.

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