I've finished cutting out the top! I'm quite happy with it actually, I think there is a strong chance it might warp a bit while I'm sewing, but for now it looks ok. Here it is:
I've started sewing and this is the first little section that's put together. I'm using a varigated brown/grey thred on top, and I'm not 100% sure about it yet. I'm wondering if I should use green for green, brown for brown etc. At the same time I actually like the look of the contrasting thread, as it highlights the abstractness (not a real word) of the pattern, I don't want it to look too clean and neat. Close up here:
This is the first piece I sewed, after it has been ironed. I thought I would start sewing with the felt, as I have quite a bit more of it and thought it was safest to start with something I could replace. I used a warm iron on the reverse.