I Started with a piece of calico, then satin, then layers of organza. I put the fabrics in an embroidery hoop and free machine embroidered spade shapes (as in spades suit from a pack of cards).
Once I had done all the shapes and tied the thread ends on the back, I used a soldering iron to gently burn away layers of the organza in the middle of the spades. I varied the number of layers of fabric I burnt away on each shape.
I'm really enjoying the opportunity to get creative again. Coming up, fun with painted bondaweb, 3D shapes using an embroidery machine and screen printing.