Thanks everyone for the encouraging words for this project! The wools I am using for the applique are brights taken from my rug-hooking stash. The stripes along the bottom are actual strips cut for rug-hooking. My vision for the coat is sort of an appliqued crazy quilt-like garment....I am just winging it! I think the most enjoyable part for me has been the embroidery stitches, which are sometimes a bit messy...but I am trying to be kind to myself, I am just learning! The buttons were given to my daughter Rose for her "sock-monster's" eyes --by my sister-in-law Marion... they are nice bright colors...perfect for the coat!