New Olympic Event
Stretching canvas on stretcher bars should be an Olympic event. And contestants should win double prizes for placing a piece of fiber art work on that canvas—and untold wealth for neat corners.
Here is a short slide show. Click on the slideshow option in the upper right corner.
Notice I carefully excluded any of my facial expressions or the bottle of Advil I needed after completion. The good news, though, is that I gave one of my sons two pieces mounted this way. A friend saw them and now I have a commission.
Briefly, this is what I do.
I make the art work. I attach it to another piece of canvas that is roughly 1 ½ inches larger in all directions by sewing a sashing on each side. The sashing is about 2 inches larger than the piece with an overhang over the canvas. I used black but any appropriate color would work.
I prepare the stretcher bars. A large stapler is really nice (thanks to my husband who bought it for me). Starting in the middle of each side, I turn the sashing under the canvas and staple it. Working from side to side, I staple each side taking care to keep an even tension on the canvas and tucking under the sashing fabric. The best way to finish the corners is to cut a small square of the canvas away—I save these to experiment with stitches—fold and staple.
If I think ahead, I can stitch a label on the back of the backing canvas. The resultant pieces are clean, not fussy, and allow for the piece to read as fabric, not paint. The backing canvas and sashing can be replaced if needed—although I would rather make a new piece.