I've been on the road lately and haven't had much time to work on the Xotic-felt project.....but here's two updated photos.
I've added leaves which were hand embroidered in place, providing a 3-D affect. I'm really liking this 50/50 bamboo/rayon felt by National Nonwovens. It stitches like a dream, both by hand and machine. However, I'm experiencing a bit more stretch than with the woolfelt.....it's a lighter weight so that's not a suprise. In this view, the piece hasn't been trimmed......if you look carefully, my white thread-basted cutting lines are visible.
I anticipate this view represents the final version......it's been trimmed in Photoshop only for now. My task is to decide how to finish the outside edges. On a typical cotton quilt, I'd just bind it. That process would secure the machine stitching on the bamboo stems which will be compromised when I square the quilt. Despite being quite thin, the Xotic fabric may still be too thick to use as a binding....instead I may mat and frame the piece instead. For now, it will remain on my wall until I can decide.
I'm onto project #2, with pre-production thoughts about machine stitching motifs that are placed on the outside edges!!!