I had a problem knowing where to post this - embroidery? fibre art? art? - in the end I put it here because I started from the felt.
I made the sample, carved it, and only decided how I was going to use it afterwards. It's loosely stitched to appliqued vintage wool fabric, and embellished with hand embroidery and beads.
I've done a few art pieces this way and I love the freedom of it.