I like doing crafts because my creations make me smile. I love the fact that I can create something that is useful and decorative.
Traveling not only enriches my mind but also my home. I got this big hanky from a visit I did some two years ago to Japan. I loved the imagery and thought that this is a great conversation starter for family and friends who come to visit. I am such an introvert that I need this kind of help around my house to engage with my guests.
I got this hanky from the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku City. It is a multi-story treasure trove of contemporary art. You will definitely get mesmerized by the Infinity Room installation called "Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity."
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room
As a preparation for this task, I watched several You Tube videos and came up with the best way to do it.
- Wooden frame with dimensions big enough to frame your hanky (allow at least an inch space around the hanky)
- Acid-free card stock for backing (I used 4 pieces for a 53 x 44 cm hanky)
- Acid-free permanent adhesive ( I used Tombow brand)
- 1 piece acid-free plastic bag to house scarf/hanky's documents
- Prepare the hooks for your frame at least a day before you hang your frame. I used Command picture hangers and allowed the glue to set on the wall overnight before putting weight on them.
2. Iron the hanky to remove creases. My hanky is made of cotton and was stored for 2 years, so this is really needed, however, this step is optional. Be extra careful with silk or satin material that can burn easily.
3. Remove the backing of your frame. Clean the glass, if needed. Lay down the hanky in the middle of the frame. Arrange 4 pieces of card stock at the back of the hanky. The number of card stock varies depending on the size of your hanky or scarf. Then, stick the card stock together with a permanent adhesive tape. Ensure that no adhesive goes to your hanky. I used acid-free materials to minimize any chemical reaction with the hanky.
The card stock is necessary to provide extra tightness to prevent the hanky/scarf from slipping down the frame.
4. Replace the backing paper that came with the frame. If there is none, you need to provide one that will cover the back of the frame.
5. Put all the documents or packaging of your hanky or scarf in an acid-free plastic bag and tape it at the back of the frame. This step is optional. I made a lovely remembrance bag of items that came with the hanky. In this case, I enclosed the museum ticket, informational pamphlet on Yayoi Kusama and the envelope packaging of the hanky in plastic bag.
Done! Now you're ready to hang your frame!