Below, are some closeup shots to show details of the stitching. In order to keep the piece looking slightly darker and deeper at the center, I used progressively darker threads from center out with all of those tiny seed stitches. Yes, it was a LOT of hand stitching but together with the paint, it definitely gave it the desired effect.
those little raised, wool circles are about a 1/4" across in size and were cut using a paper holepunch
Only the background and binding on this quilt is machine stitched, everything else is done entirely by hand...............sure is a good thing I enjoy hand stitching :-)