There are some great books on the subject. I have two: The Complete Book of Stumpwork Embroidery by Jane Nicholas, and Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork by Kay Dennis, and there are articles on the net as well. Its just a question of finding a source that works for you.
One form of stumpwork uses wire edging to create a flexible, dimensional effect.
Really effective for pansy petals.
Or for a hellebore or Christmas Rose.
Another form of stumpwork is raised embroidery. In this case a layer of needlelace is worked over a stitched base. Attached at the sides and top, but open at the bottom to create the dimensionality.
So the reason behind my ramblings on stumpwork, is that I have been using stumpwork to embroider a set of wings for my new project.
The wings are attached to a burgundy cat.
He is the first in a series of Cat Fairies. He has silver grey eyes and spectacular stumpwork embroidered wings.
I'm really pleased with how he turned out.
What do you think?