I am so happy with how it turned out. Yep, that's right, I'm happy with it. There are no major mistakes that I feel compelled to point out. It's about 6" tip to top, not including the tassle.
The cream stitches are all Rhodes stitches, which is a lovely textural stitch. The gold squares are leather which I stab stitched in place. That was quite challenging, as was cutting them to the right size. Each one has 2 layers of felt underneath to give it some depth. The outside is sewn up with beads. I forgot to take a picture of the back, but it's just a plain cream silk.
I hung it up in my craft room to take a picture and it's currently living there until I find a better home for it! I really enjoyed this quick foray into goldwork and I will be doing some more. It's also got me itching to do some more canvas work... If only I didn't have 360 WIPs as it is...
Needlequest January - Needlepainting
Needlequest February - Japan (Sashiko)
Needlequest March - Goldwork, starting the decoration