I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the hole I took so long to melt in the brass.
I chose some green cotton, hooped it up and drew round the inside perimeter of the hole. Then I filled that space with an encrusted mass of french knots, bullions knots and eyelets in a variety of different shades of green, accented with some variegated silk thread in magenta to pick up the oxidisation on the surface of the brass.
With the brass in place on top.
I laced the rectangle over two pieces of pelmet vilene and then put together a backing of a piece of semi sheer real metal fabric with a green warp over some hand dyed green cotton. The metal threads gave it enough stiffness to stand up itself behind the embroidery and brass panel.
I’m hoping this will be finished as a pendant, with a brass tube enclosing the top edge. I really like this combination of encrusted stitches and the crumpled, melted brass.