"Mayhem". I was going to do a tutorial but there really is nothing more to it than fixing the piece to a bare canvas with white glue, allow 24 hours to dry and then brushing matte acrylic medium into the work, pressing the cloth into the canvas. This is "Held On Tight" after the process with hard morning light revealing the texture formed by the stitching still evident. Catherine, they feel like sandpaper - the soft hand of fabric is lost but we didn't want folks feeling the art anyway, did we?
My pieces are built in layers on a base of Warm & Natural batting so when I apply the matte medium, whether thinned with water or straight from the jar, the surface become malleable almost like a layer of clay. I use a 1/2" short bristled, flat acrylic brush to work the medium into the fabric.
The question everyone is asking themselves is "Why?" apply the medium. I had to think about it myself. I've decided that committing a piece to canvas brings the work officially home to the Painting ball park - I was a painter before I ever took a serious stitch - stitches become marks, weave and hand recede and flatten, colors intensify and darken a bit. Different fabrics react in different ways to the process.
I encourage you to try it yourself and see if you like the results before committing a big fat mistake.
I wanted these pieces to be permanently considered as pieces of art as opposed to unmounted fiber pieces that sometime in the future might become potholders or place mats - believe me, I've done it. Right now there's a small hand painted quilt stapled over the outside of the cat door to cut the drafts.
These little bits of slow cloth now mounted and mummified are another matter and will remain so.