In several of my posts here I mentioned that I was lacing my embroidery pieces onto a foam board. It occurred to me that some people out there might not know what that means or might like the look of it but wonder how to do it. I learned by searching around online, but I felt like the available tutorials were a little difficult to grasp (for me, at least), so I wrote up my own and posted it to my blog (here
). I never posted it here, though, so I thought I'd share it now.
Because it's so picture heavy, I'm not going to post the whole thing here, but you can click over to my blog post (again, here
) to see the whole shebang.
The abbreviated version is this:
You'll need a backing board of some sort, some strong thread that doesn't have much stretch to it (I used perle cotton, have heard upholstery thread is good), a needle, and a finished embroidery.
You fold two opposite sides of your fabric over the backing board and use a sort of long herringbone stitch to connect the two sides. It will look something like this:
If you run out of thread as you go, you just tie on a new piece and keep going. (Your stitches don't need to be pulled totally tight until you get to the end of the piece, so if you add a new thread, make sure you tighten all your stitches first so the knot is in the right place when you're ready to tighten/finish the whole thing.)
Once you've finished stitching the whole way across, pull your stitches tight and finish off. Fold the other two opposing sides over and do the same thing with them. You can just fold your sides down, mitre the corners, or trim some fabric out at the corners to make it less bulky, depending on the look you want.
When you're finished going the whole way across, pull your stitches tight and finish off.
And that's it! I hope it was clear enough in its abbreviated form. Feel free to ask any questions.