A trio of designs, stitched and mounted together as a triptych is a really great look. This idea works well for larger designs like this set of stained glass window scenes (from issue 189 of The World of Cross Stitching), and the mouth-watering teatime trio, below (issue 187). Or you could pick three smaller designs like similar-sized motifs or cards from a collection, to stitch and mount as a picture. The cute cat and dog designs in the latest issue of The World of Cross Stitching (194) would look adorable like this!
Here's how you can get great, professional results for mounting your stitching with a little advance planning before you start to stitch. A little preparation at this stage will really pay off…
To start off, find a suitable frame – triptych frames often include the mount too, so take a look on the high street for a ready-made frame rather than having to pay for a custom-made one. You''l need a frame that will fit all three of your chosen designs side by side, with a bit of spacing between each one, and of course the usual border around the edges for a balanced look.
Make sure your fabricThe material on which cross stitch is made, of the fabric is aida though evenweave and linen can also be used. Fabrics come in many colours and many counts. It can also be made of perforated paper or plastic. Only fabric especially made for cross stitching should be used for stitching, because the even spacing of the threads is very important – each type of fabric is made up of holes of an even stitch count. To stitch on other fabrics you can use waste canvas. will be large enough to allow for lacing into the frame when it's done – we recommend at least 10cm (5in) larger than the frame dimensions to allow for mounting. Cut the mountboard you'll be using and use pins to stretch the fabric over the mountboard so it's nice and taut, in the same way you will when you mount the finished piece.
With a vanishing marker for fabric, mark the centre of each of the three apertures – do this on the back of the fabric if you're concerned. Now you can stitch lines of tacking stitches to mark the position of the centres – this will make counting for stitching each of your three designs easy!
Once you have stitched all three designs in their correct positions, you can frame it as usual knowing that your preparation to get the designs 'matched up' with their apertures really paid off!