Here's how I make them:
First of all, I make small pieces of felted fibre using my embellisher. I use all sorts of fibres - silk, wool, bamboo, soy, flax - as well as scrim, scraps of velvet or cotton fabric, ribbon, nepps and threads. Here's the latest batch hot off the embellisher:
I use plain square white cards, to set off the colours - but I mount each fibre piece on a small background square of paper or fabric. I choose each one according to each fibre piece:
I've used hand-dyed cotton fabric, mulberry paper, mulberry tissue paper, abaca tissue and scrim.
I mount the paper or fabric backing onto the card first, and whilst that is drying I embellish the fibre piece. I used hand embroidery, beading and couching working with the individual characteristics and contours of each piece.
Here's a couple of pieces before:
Glass bugle and seed beads, with seed, colonial knot, detached fly and buttonhole bar stitches:
again glass bugle and seed beads, this time with drizzle, seed and colonial knot stitches and some couched thread:
13 in total in this lot - phew!