Our first tip is shared by &Stitches reader Debbie D'Amelio, who shared a bit about her experience creating depth in her embroidery:
I have found that playing around with both the number of cotton floss threads and combining different colors (same hue or different) adds a lot to my pictures. The difference between a fill stitch done with 2 threads v. 6 is huge -- or using various threads in a long-short section to indicate a higher or thicker section in one area and thinner in another or adding shades for depth. I also use machine embroidery thread combined with floss. Anything that's thread is fair game.
Debbie also asks if anyone else has tips for creating depth and layers in stitches - if you have anything to share or ask, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share it here next month!