We also offer strip-lining, a process that reinforces weakened or torn tacking margins (the edges of the canvas that attach the painting to the stretcher).
The painting below had torn along the top tacking margin. Strips of canvas were adhered along the edges to repair and reinforce the tacking margins.
|Before strip-lining: raking light||After strip-lining||Reverse after strip-lining|
|Top edge: Before||Top edge: After|
This technique can also be used to extend the tacking margins when necessary.
The painting below was painted right to the edge of its canvas, and had never been stretched. Stretching the canvas as-is would have meant cropping the image, which the owner wanted to avoid. As a solution, we extended the tacking margins with a strip-lining.
|Before: unstretched canvas||Before: reverse|
|After strip-lining & stretching||Detail of edge||Reverse after strip-lining & stretching|