I spent yesterday at a class run by Carole Bury at my local Embroiderers' Guild. It was very stimulating and gave me lots of food for thought. We started off my cutting strips of tissue and (carefully) stitching them together, then cutting them again and sewing them vertically, offsetting them and then adding more than one type of paper. Apparently it's based on seminole patchwork carried out by the Seminole Indians.
From that I could see all sort of possibilities. The sample below is three layers of paper with narrowly stitched lines. I then cut through the top two layers between the stitched lines. The top layer was cut away more than the second layer
The two samples below used handmade marbled paper as the top layer. I pushed up the edges for a more textured effect.
a close up....
The sample below, I stitched up and down the rows in a continuous line and then cut through the top two layers from the open end.
I can see all sorts of ways of developing this. You know how it is when you can feel your mind buzzing with ideas??? These are all papers that have been sitting my stash years. You never quite know what effect it's going to create which is exciting in itself. Those of you who do patchwork probably know this as reverse applique but it's a whole new thing to me!