I have been having fun with machine embroidery creating a vaguely "floral" motif. I really like this technique which is done on a heavy hessian background which easily takes the weight of the stitch but is sufficiently malleable to cockle into a pleasing surface tension effect. I will definitely use this technique again - however, I need to remember that it consumes a massive amount of bobbin thread. Best to keep several bobbins charged up so as not to interrupt the process. BUT it is an excellent way of using up all your old bits of thread as the bobbin thread does not show through unless you fiddle with the tension.