For this sample I used 4 layers of fabric - 2 transparent fabrics (though 1 is hardly visible, only peeping out at the edges from behind the gold fabric), a gold polyester, and the background is hand-dyed cotton poplin. To add interest I cut the middle layer in half and staggered it's positioning on background. The top layer is a transparent polyester. The middle layer was stitched using apurple rayon thread and free ziz-zag machining. The top layer was stitched in a simple running stitch which held all layers together.