Hmmm - well, it's finished, what do you think? I actually think that it looks quite sophisticated, though the felt beads retain that element of informality, too. I've still got some of the great wooden petals left, so I might try being a bit BOLDER with the felt colour and make another one in a different style.
I've just bought Three Dimensional Embroidery by Janet Edmonds - the photographs are fantastic and I'm only sorry that copyright laws prevent me from sharing them here. Janet is a UK trained textiles artist who now teaches at East Berkshire College and the world-renowned Missenden Abbey. I think some of the ideas in her book will spur me on to be more adventurous with my felt vessels - watch this space!