I always make my fantasy fabric base using a variety of glitzy threads and yarns. When the base is finished, it's hooped and then embroidered by machine. Before I invested in an embroidery machine, all the designs were done by free motion stitching. That was a lot of work!
All my designs are designed in Corel Draw by my husband and then converted to stitch in another computer program. Then it's ready to be stitched out.