Just a little experiment this week of stitching Mbuti designs on velvet. I wanted to see how much relief I could get by hand stitching on velvet, but I didn't get as much as I expected. I had one layer of batting in the area with all the circle motifs, then I added 2 more layers before I stitched the leaf shape just to see how much I could get it to puff up. But even that didn't provide as much relief as I got from machine stitching on velvet. Think I'll try combining machine and hand stitching next time. I do like the rustic designs on the velvet.