As this is just a sample piece I’m not making it up into anything, but I still want to finish it off nicely and put it on a background. The first step towards that is to paint diluted PVA glue on the back:
It’s still damp there so the colours look a little darker.
Once that had dried properly I then cut it out, which was a bit fiddly but OK:
I should say that the glue on the back is strong enough to hold the stitching together, but thin enough for the the embroidery to still be flexible; it’s not at all stiff.
I then applied this to a cream silk satin background, then added a plain backing, just to cover the stitches and make it look neat:
I like it – I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.