First, I cut my batting with one piece slightly smaller than the other and created a sandwich of foamcore, small batting piece, large batting piece.
Third I cut a long length of thread, threaded my needle and began lacing two of the edges of my fabric together. I take a small stitch parallel to the edge about 1/2 an inch from the edge. If the stitch is too close to the edge and your fabric is loosely woven, it may pull the warp and weft fibers apart. You need to go far enough into the fabric to have some pull. When I reached the end, I went back and plucked each zigzag stitch tighter, just like lacing a corset. I went back and plucked 4-5 times to ensure even tension before securing the last stitch, and I checked the face of the artwork to make sure there were no off bubbles or distortion.
Fourth I zig-zag laced the other two sides, slightly folding in the corners like giftwrap so they wouldn't hang over the edge. After stitching all the way down the row, I again went back to pluck and tighten each crossover stitch several times to ensure even tension.
I doublechecked the face of the artwork to see if it was smooth enough before knotting the last stitch. At this point you can slightly adjust the edges of the image to match the edges of the foamcore in case it slipped out of place.
The text is taken from Psalm 139, my very favorite psalm, which matches the contemplative look of the portrait. There's some subtext too- the crocheted doily comes from my inlaws and the contrast of the doily and the text represents the conflict of being in an interfaith marriage.