Even though I am not teaching anymore I just can't stop designing embroideries and other things. For my "exploring more stitches" class, which I no longer teach, I designed a book cover every year. This is a very handy piece if you use a pen and paper diary like I do, so I got to thinking about what I would make for next year. I got out all the past covers I have made and found I had made quite a few. (Not all were embroidered, some were quilted.)
In amongst all these I found a small applique that I had done to test the design for an applique class, along with a piece of Indian embroidery I picked up when I was in India and some plastic wood-grain fabric, I thought I liked. I have no idea why I stitched that applique on the wrong side of fabric but now I can use the right side as a contrast.
So this will be the basis of my 2023 Diary Cover. Incidently, this is the finished cushion cover I developed from this little piece and there is a free copy of the applique if you would like it. (This is only the drawing no instructions.)