Well, the meh-ness continues. I held the panel up for Drew's opinion, and he said, "Well, you've got to clean all those strings up." Dean thought it would be cool on a denim jacket, but not a Mardi Gras dress. My nurses thought I should go back and bead everything I've embroidered, and one said, "Of course, you'll trim all those threads anyway." Alabama Fur is so misunderstood! But maybe it's because my fur is sparse. Look at this beautiful wrap that isn't even finished yet - the fur is the main design element. My other nurse said there was too much going on with the dress, so I should stick with just beading - sounds very Project Runway!
Anyway, here's more beading before trimming away the inside, and I haven't removed the straight embroidery yet (which will be quick and painless with all these huge knots - it's not like ripping out machine stitching).
and here it is with the stencil trimmed away. The beads are really sparkly when I hold it up, so it's got THAT going for it.
So maybe the next picture I'll have is with some "strings" gone and more beads...like Becky said the first time!