My swatch portraits are done! They were super easy to do. If you'd like to make one, here is what you'll need:
• A wooden embroidery hoop, any size
• A fabric remnant a few inches wider than the hoop
• White fabric glue
• Fabric scissors
Here is what to do: Place the hoop on the fabric with the smaller hoop on the wrong side and the larger one on top. Pull the fabric taught with even tension all around. Tighten the brass screw on the hoop's bracket.
On the wrong side, run a small bead of glue along the inside hoop next to the fabric. Press the fabric into the glue all the way around and allow the glue to dry. Trim the excess fabric about 1/2-inch from the edge of the hoop.
That's all there is to it! Using all nine of my thrift store hoops, I made this array of swatch portraits. Aren't they pretty?
Some of the remnants are vintage tablecloths, others are old aprons. I even framed one of the apron's pockets. And the floral textile shown in the step-by-step photos is a cloth napkin with sentimental value. It was used for five years in my tea room!
Tomorrow, I'll show you how these new swatch portraits look hung on the wall in my studio. I hope you'll stop by!