Iron your piece on low heat. Be sure to check fabric and threads to make sure they don't have a problem with heat. Always iron on the backside. This keeps from flattening stitches and beads.
Arrange your piece on the foam board backing. Try rubbing alcohol, in a spray bottle, if you can not get all wrinkles out of your fabric when ironing. Test on threads first. I have found that the alcohol allows me to smooth the fabric, with the sides of my hands, to get rid of wrinkles that the steam iron will not. The rubbing alcohol is colorless, dries quickly and evaporates. Leaving a virtually wrinkle free piece.
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I was looking for a different way to frame some Shepherd Bush projects that are round. Round frames are expensive and difficult to find in the sizes I needed. This was my solution!
Okay, be prepared. This frame requires sewing machine time. It has been awhile since this was done so I had to look through my old post to bring this one to this tab.
Ironed it down and cut the width and length I need.
The folded over the 4 inch x 73 inch piece in half. I didn't iron this, as I did not want a crease through the center of the fabric. Just pin together for a 2 inch tube and sew the complete length on a sewing machine.
Now the difficult part! Turn the tube right side out. This takes some time. I tried sewing the outside of the fabric and putting the seam on the backside of my frame. Didn't work well. The fabric became bulky and didn't look good. So it is the hard way for me. I used the handle of a wooden spoon, also. Not professional, but it worked.
Now the fabric tube is right side out. Slide the fabric onto the foam board circle with the sewn seam on the back. The method I used is clamping the foam board in my knees and pulling the fabric on to the foam board taking care not to bend the board.
You can move the fabric around on the ring and arrange it so the gathers look even. This may take some time. If you find the fabric does not move easily, you can shave a little off the foam board and try again. Without having to sew another piece.
Center the design in the frame. As you can see, the backside is uneven. This doesn't matter as long as the piece is centered in the frame on the front side. You can hold everything together with pins until you are finished hand sewing.
Quick stitch the two edges together with basting stitches. I like to sew all my projects. Have had some nasty results with glue turning yellow, over time. Even with the glues that are made for this project. I also sewed a ribbon to the back, so it could be hung on the wall.