When framing your tea towel, begin by gently washing the linen, then press it with a cool iron if it’s not too delicate. Keep in mind that it doesn’t need to look pristine because some signs of aging will contribute to its charm. The next step is to choose what size frame you need. HGTV demonstrates how to create a display with a frame that is slightly larger than the whole linen or just a piece of the tea towel that’s been cut off. Remove the backing from the frame, then select a mat or piece of cardstock in a complementary color that is slightly larger than the tea towel, so that it can serve as a border. Use either a glue stick or double-sided foam tape to attach the linen to the mat, then center the item inside the frame. Once you replace the backing and close the frame, your towel has been made into a beautiful piece of art.
Another method of displaying your tea towel is to choose a frame that is slightly smaller than the fabric. Simply fold the towel over the backing and then set it back inside the frame. This technique may work best for a large tea towel with a prominent design that doesn’t need a border. You can choose to display one large tea towel as a point of interest or gather several small ones together to create a vignette.