This resolved sample is giving me plenty to ponder.I had another thought about how to create it this afternoon,I wondered if it would be better done in sections then assembled.
I tried painting some pelmet vilene but it was with Koh -i -noor so it rubbed off.Then I thought if it needs to have a contrast perhaps using some silk viscose velvet bonded to it might be better for the plain areas.
I also bonded some fabric to vilene and stuffed it with wadding.(See picture below)I think this might work as I could make each section as a separate piece,manipulating and stitching the fabrics before stuffing and bonding to vilene.Then they could be attached to a large base piece of mounting card or vilene covered with the "plain" fabric.
I tried some fabric and some stitching onto the fabric roll and through the vilene.I drew out the size (30X30cms) I thought the final piece might be and put the sample on it.(The more I look at it the more it reminds me of a shell.)
I'm away for a few days this week so I think it might do me good to forget about it and maybe come back to it afresh.