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Transportation Cares

After you spend so much time prepping your design for framing or finishing, the next step, which is often not considered, is transporting it to its next destination. With a little preparation and planning, you can ensure that your previous steps were not in vain.

  1. Allow the piece to dry completely.
  2. Layer the pressed piece between two sheets of white, acid-free tissue paper, making sure tissue paper covers all edges. You may have to use multiple sheets to achieve complete coverage. Then, carefully roll it, straightening as you roll to keep any additional wrinkles from forming. As far as rolling, you have two options as to technique.
    1. Roll the piece around a cardboard tube, such as from a roll of wrapping paper or from a roll of paper towels. Take care to keep rolls as even as possible to prevent new wrinkles.
    2. Roll the piece into itself to create a tube of fabric, carefully straightening as you roll to keep any additional wrinkles from forming.
  3. Another option, instead of rolling, is to transport the design flat. This is a preferred method for antiques or projects that can be damaged in rolling. Layer the pressed piece between two sheets of tissue paper as indicated above; then, carefully sandwich it between two pieces of stiff mat board, foam core or even cardboard. Secure the edges of the two pieces, using binder clips or clothespins to prevent shifting.
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