Your textile should be inserted into the Quilthanger/Rughanger before hanging on the wall in the following manner:
Place the "backboard" top side up on a flat surface. Place the top edge of your textile on top of the backboard just up to the holes, be careful that none of the fabric is extending over the holes. Now, place the top board over the textile. Position the top board so the holes are lined up with the holes on the backboard. Place the wooden knob screws in the holes and turn until the textile is secured. Again, be careful not to catch the fabric in the holes.
There are two "keyhole" slots routed into the backside of the backboard. Hang your Quilthanger/Rughanger by slipping these slots over the two screws that have been inserted into the wall. If you have drywall construction, plastic anchors may be inserted into the wall first to give the screws extra strength. These anchors can be purchased at a hardware store.
Unfinished Quilthanger/Rughangers have been smooth sanded in our workshop so little sanding is necessary. We do not recommend using the Quilthanger/Rughanger without first finishing all surfaces. All woods contain natural oils and resins that could eventually seep to the surface and stain your textile if not properly sealed. Please follow the following suggestions for finishing:
Choose a stain or paint of your choice and apply following the manufacturers instructions.
After staining or painting, apply several coats of a good quality varnish or polyurethane, taking care that finish does not seep into the threaded holes in the backboard. When finishing the knobs, be careful to finish the knob portion only. the threaded area should be left unfinished for ease in inserting into the holes.
Should you like the appearance of the "natural" wood, you may skip the stain/paint step and apply several coats of a matte or satin varnish or polyurethane, following manufacturers instructions. Keep in mind that any finish will darken the wood slightly.
Choose a location to display your textile that is protected from direct sunlight. The sun's ultraviolet rays will fade the colors and destroy the fabric of your textile. Companies such as 3M (http://www.3m.com/us/arch_construct/scpd/windowfilm/jhtml/g_residential.jhtml) make a film to put on the window to block the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
When hanging a quilt or loosely woven textile, rotate your hanging periodically from end to end. This will prevent your textile from stretching out of shape.