I had found a set of staircase bookends last year at a second hand shop. I painted a box black and glued the staircase in (shown on left). I cut the woman's figure out of 1/4" board with a friend's scroll saw. (Man, I want one of those!)
I traced the shape onto canvas, then I hand stitched the canvas to the sweater so I could put some polyfil in for her chest.
I cut a hole out of the sweater for the box to come out of.
I used Beacon's glue to attach the sweater hole to the box. I had left tabs around the sweater opening to attach to the box sides.
I added a plumbers clamp ring (I have no idea what it is really called, but that sounds pretty good, right?). It comes round, so I took pliers to bend it to a rectangle. The side with the screw on it was left longer, in order to get the ring around the box. Then I used a screw driver to tighten the ring. It actually worked really well.
I stuffed polyfil in the appropriate places then used a staple gun to wrap the sweater around to the back side. I plan to cut the back piece of the sweater to cover the backside and hide all the staples. I will just use Beacon's glue to attach it.
I submitted this to a fiber art show and we will see if it gets in!