So this is what my project looked like. First I drew a design on paper and then using a lightbox, I tansferred it to the hand dyed fabric using the green washable marker.
I stitched using a variety of stitches including the backstitch, lazy daisy and french knots. I like to embroider with some thin batting behind the design. When I do this, the fabric doesn't pucker and an embroidery hoop isn't necessary.
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