Then in Wellington I came across Yvette Stanton's new book The Right Handed Embroider's Companion (there's a left handed version too). What serendipity! I could use this travel time to expand my stitching vocabulary and make my own version of a pressed metal ceiling.
A Lasting Impression by Brenda Gael Smith
I enjoyed the stitching process - the wool felt was like butter! I stitched the teal centre panel first and appliqued it onto the rusty background using armenian edging stitch, taking the opportunity insert some batting in between the layers at the same time.
It's a departure from my usual style and, in keeping with my embroidery experience level, is a bit naive but I like the penny rug quality. As I worked on this piece, my husband frequently expressed concern that it "isn't a quilt" and that I may be expelled from the group! I don't think there is any danger of that but I do have a back up piece if required. It started out as writing in flour paste like this:
And ended up like this: