My friend Pam gave me the book "Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art" by C. June Barnes and I've started fooling around with the exercises. Typically for me, I did a couple of the easy first exercises, then skipped right to the good stuff in the later chapters. June takes various fabrics, stitches them together with wool batting then dyes them and throws them in hot water to shrink them up (this is a very simplified explination of what she does). She adds a lot of interesting touches such as putting buttons under the surface then stitching around them, adding pleats, zippers, boning and other impliment to alter the surface, then adds hand stitching to finish it off. This is so much fun, and for a novice like me, you never know what you will end up with.