Jumpers, shirts and T-shirts always make for an interesting framing project. Tricky at times, but satisfying all at the same. If you are doing your own framing they are time consuming and you’ll have to make sure you charge your customer accordingly. A lot of jumpers or shirts you get in to be framed are signed, and in a lot of cases are valuable one offs, so look after them.
I’ve got a shirt on the go at the moment from people who have walked the Kokoda Track for charity, so lets take a closer look at this one. Mat board colour is important, so before you do anything else you have to choose a colour that compliments your shirt or jumper. We have gone for a white eggshell which has a slightly creamy tint for this one. I find a lot of ‘footy’ jumpers suit black too. First of all, lay the shirt out on a piece of 3mm fome core and traced an outline of the shirt. Then cut out the outline of the body out and placed it inside the shirt, so that the shirt is stretched over the fome core. Then the sleeves flat onto the body and put a bit of 3mm fome core inside the sleeves (as shown below).
Shirt laid out with fome core inside and sleeves folded onto body
We’re now ready for a bit of sticking and screwing… so get out the double sided tape and jumper tacs (you’ll need 6)!
The dots are the where the jumper tags go, the lines are for the double sided tape… love my drawing?
Put the jumper with the fome core inside onto the mat board in position. I’d measure the sides to make sure they are equal. Most shirts and jumpers will fit a full size sheet of board. In the spots drawn in my amazing drawing above put a small hole, then insert the jumper tags so that the skew goes through the board and the flat bit is used to put onto the screw on the other side and tighten the jumper onto the board. Make sure you trim the leftover screws at the back with a pair of pliers.
Now put a little strip of double sided tape where the line drawing are (on the back of the neck, collar, end of the sleeves and at the bottom) as seen on my fabulous drawing above.
You’re shirt is down and ready to frame! For shirts and jumpers you will need a moulding with a deep rebate, and you can frame them either with or without a mat around them. Get your frame, put in your glass and put a strip of the same colour mat board as we used as background and stick it onto the moulding with double sided tape. That will create a space between the shirt and the glass.
Let's put the puzzle together! You’ve got your frame with glass and strips of fome core upside down, pop the matted jumper in the frame followed by a piece of some core as your backing. Finish the frame with flex points or backing nails, backing tape and wire. You’ve framed a shirt….. yay!!!
PS If you have queries or suggestions I’d love to hear from you!