Anyway. The small figures and the large figures were stitched down.
Then the cutting away began.
And here is the background cut away from behind the large figure...
Then the cutting away of the smaller figures.
This side was easier.
Then I did a sample and decided to brave cutting away from the large figure to reveal the backside of each small figure.
I think I am going with rust figure/black background as the front, should it be displayed one-sided.
I trimmed up the sides a bit and will scrub it a bit so the edge won't be a blunt stop. I had to trim as some of the fabric edge still had a selvedge, so would not do the fraying I want.
I need to make a hanging sleeve for it. I will add a bit to the top that is light coloured on the light side and black on the black side. Then it will blend and be part of the background.
There is a little bit I am working on with a bit of hand stitch if I have time. Monday is the deadline, though, so that will have to make me be restrained! I will need to get good photos and fill in the entry form then as well! But somehow I am not stressed about it because I have several other options for this piece if it doesn't get done in time or doesn't get accepted.