I finally got all those wormy, deeply carved machine stitches picked and washed out of this piece .
Its' been blocked on the design wall because the thick cotton felt batting that I used has felted and allowed the base cloth, a very old piece of damask, to pucker and wander in places.
I'm still at a loss over its lack of sense. It looks like a chunk of 1920s wallpaper.
Thanks to the magic of digital manipulation, I'm sorely tempted to take the big knife to it and get several small things that work all on their own, like this: