Years ago in another life when I was young free and single, I travelled around India. The pieces you see above I bought in Rajasthan
An article in Quilting Arts by Jill Kennedy called Florabundance shows how to use paper and wax colours to produce a background for adding stitch. Using the Indian pieces as a design source I made this piece.
I really enjoyed being able to add lots of stitch without the worry of the background fabric puckering up. The addition of fusible webbing on the top (before stitching) gives the piece a leather like texture.
The circle theme has been carried on in this little piece done for a class I teach. This piece was simply constructed. Just raw edged applique.