Here's a photo of a tea cozy I made a couple of years ago for an exhibit at Devon House. The base fabric is cotton batik that looks like water. I did some stippling on the base with a variegated rayon thread before adding the yarns and fish. The underwater foliage is decorative yarns couched down by free motion machine stitching. The fish were machine embroidered and added to this perfectly functioning tea cozy. The inner part comes out for washing. This piece is part of a private collection (not mine)!
One of these days, I will make another one just for me.