This is my own design I created for my sister-in-law, who hasn't seen it yet!
I fused the back cactus pads on to the background and then created each pad, filled with batting, individually and stitched together for layers to give dimension.
For the thorns, I did French knots using embroidery thread and then the second color of embroidery thread for the "thorn" and separated the threads.
The Gecko is three layers all which have batting in them. I started with the main body, (bottom) and "stacked" them into place on the body. I used spray adhesive to hold
them in place to make sewing easier.
The "blooms" on each cactus pad are little pouches that I sewed individually and then stuffed with jute string and embroidery thread for color.