This one is nearly finished. I just have to secure the edge, which is just the backing folded over to the front.
The flowers and leaves are applied; the berries are embroidered. The stems are hollow ribbon couched down. This swirly leaf/floral design was very popular in the seventeenth century, where the repeated design would have been entirely embroidered (with wool, in most cases, on linen) over the whole surface of a garment or hanging.
Using the lace as background means that it carries and holds the stitches, and becomes somehow stronger than it first appeared. It becomes the witness of time passing.