I used my Cracked Paper Quilt technique to make a frame for the stitched piece, or matte, if you prefer.
I can make it as wide or as thick as I like, and make as many as I want, in any shape.
I think the two (the stitched painting and the matte) are very compatible. I can make them in contrasting or matching colors. I can add beads, or found objects.
I like having those kinds of options, without having to go hunting at a framing store.