. . . workshop for West Country Embroiderers. Not a very elegant title! I can't remember now if it was my creation or our programme secretary's when we were discussing what I was going to do! Also known as 'calico gardens' or just textured stitches. Traditionally it is done all in creams, on calico . . .
(no prizes for composition for the above, but it does include a lot of different ways of doing this work)
. . .but I thought - why not colour? and stitched a red tree . . .
. . .closely followed by an undersea sort of scene in blues . . .
. . . and a doodle in greens and pinks.
Another element I like to include in this is doing 'normal' stitches, like cross stitch, herringbone, and then wrapping them, buttonholing along them or weaving across them.
Oversewing objects that don't generally get included in embroidery is another option. Guess the objects. No prizes!
Varying thick /thin threads is rather fun too. (Knotted cretan stitch)