Not sure yet where this is going, but I've been stitching into the background, trying to enhance the patterns which were inspired by the markings on the tree bark. I have also stitched into the 'ghost' tree shapes, but in white. My idea is to experiment further, with maybe leaves, moths, birds, and to echo their natural markings in the background.
A complete change here, a stuffed toy dog that I have made for one of my grandsons. He loves to tickle his nose with labels/tags that are attached to most items these days, so this little doggy has plenty to choose from. I even made my own pattern, so very original.
I hope he likes it!