Last month the folder I received was based on circles and swirls.
I was provided with a 20cm square of red handmade felt as the base and some other fabrics and threads which I could choose from if I wished.
I’m working on my free machine embroidery skills at present so I initially concentrated on creating circular bubbles on different surfaces, to explore the effects.
A strip of crinkle chiffon was held in place with deep brown velvet tacked over the seam allowance. The velvet was then stitched in circles with some areas being more built up. This created the lovely raised pile shapes. A 12wt yarn was used to satin stitch the edging.
The long woven bars were hand stitched with Perle 5 cotton and tiny flat sequins attached with beads.
Pale yellow and pink threads were machine-stitched on the plain red felt areas and they have created a dimension with minimal colour difference.
The larger rings are free-standing buttonhole circles made around my fingers and later stitched in place.
A bit of fun and very enjoyable.