Another friend has just returned with some interesting embroidery from Sri Lanka. The first is from a charity group who use this to help women earn some money. The embroidery seems to have been stitched by inexperienced embroiderers but still has a lot of charm.
This piece has embroidery from a more experienced stitcher.
Those solid colours used in the outlines are bias binding that you buy in the habidashery dept. They are held in place with fly stitch. Very effective.