In the challenge package was this special "hairy" fabric. The color was suitable for clouds, but because of the hairs I didn't want to use it that way.
What to do with it??? It took some time before I knew.
Plants and shrubs can have many different appearances.
Why not cut circles..
make running stitches....
...and pull till it is a ball...
...fasten them...and you end with hairy growth.
Look at this trim. It consists of loose threads, some of them have ears in different colors.
I cut the ears with stem and couched them down on this boulder.
Irregular fly stitches with a variegated DMC floss are added to represent grass.
From a mud colored perle 8 I made this net. It helps to blend the two different parts of the beach.
All about the "Message in a bottle challenge" can be found here.