I'm glad people liked my story in the last post. Thanks for commenting. I seem to have to learn everything the hard way. It was a great help when I was teaching-had already made all the mistakes and could help students with a solution.
This piece started as a felted background to which I addeded three pieces left from making ATC's. The pieces are scraps bonded to felt and heavily machined to hold them in place. The edge seemed raw, so I couched a flat braid on it by hand then stitched a frame of chain stitches in a heavy metallic thread. The space between cried out for beads. Alternating bugles and seed beads are attached with back stitch. It was relaxing to do.