I recently posted pictures of my Striped Heart and Purple Mountain Majesties.
Both are made with strips of wool appliqued down with embroidery. It seemed like a good idea, but I didn't know how it would turn out.
I made the heart first and used some painted aida cloth and multi-colored floss.
Then I added beads to fill in the gaps. The whole stitching process went smoothly.
When I went to finish it the aida was difficult to work with - hearts are a difficult shape with both inward and outward points and aida doesn't ease well. I had liked the idea of the paint showing through but when I finished you could barely see it.
So, I tried something different the next time around.
I used needlepoint canvas. I managed to completely cover it so none of the canvas was visible. I liked working on the stiffer fabric. But, sometimes I wanted to split the thread and other times I didn't so I was constantly switching between a tapestry needle and a sharp needle.
Now, I'm on my third wool strip project.
Christmas ornaments this time. I'm using some fabric I picked up at an elephant sale. It's a cross between linen and burlap. Since not much of it will be showing I don't care what it looks like and I can use a sharp needle. It should be much easier to finish than the aida.
So far so good, I'll let you know how it works.