spray paint with stencil, then stitch around the motifs. Easy-peasy compared to applique.
Hand Embroidery of Anatolia | anadoluelnakislari.co am
Appears to be middle-eastern style embroidery on a very light weight linen (batiste?)
From a very pretty blog, sophiebrode.canalblog.com. I like the patterned background she uses for some of her floral pieces.
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This doesn't look too hard to do, I will have to give it a try.