A jacket I made a few years ago. The mermaid is hand painted and appliqued. Her hair- layers of thread stitched to water soluble stabilizer, soaked and stitched to her head. The seaweed- attached using the opposite side of the fabric and stitching over drawn lines on Totally Stable. A technique learned from Linda Schmidt. The edges were satin stitched on the front using various fancy threads. The scenes are not stiff as no fusible was used.
The treasure chest- created using a drawn image on white muslin and painted with puff paint. (Yes, the old fashioned stuff we used to paint sweatshirts and t-shirts with.) By not allowing the puff paint to puff completely, it looks like weathered wood. When dry it was painted and assembled and stitched using both invisible machine and hand stitching.