I actually finished this on the 6th November but I have been so busy with other things that I just haven't got round to blogging about it!
How did I go about it? Well .... here are the things I used:
A friend who works in a wood yard got me an off-cut of wood to use as a base for the picture and kindly rounded the edges for me. I recently bought some wadding to wrap round the wood, so as to stop the silk from wearing on the edges of the wood. The map pins were to pin first the wadding and then the silk to the wood to help keep things taut when doing the lacing on the back.
And of course ..........
And voila! All done :)
The finish isn't quite how I was expecting, in that it bears some similarity to a padded chair seat. However, when on the wall, it looks more modern than the usual type of embroidered picture ..... and that, after all, was what I was really after.
Just hope James likes it :)