...or whole cloth embroidery, or covered cloth embroidery, what's the proper name for this stuff? Fabric that has been embroidered so heavily that the ground is barely visible.
I think all textile people are tactile, and embroidery like this just calls to my fingers "Pet me!".
The yellow crosses are needlewoven! Aaagh. Awesome. Gorgeous. Something about the sort-of-doublecloth, making a new fabric on top of an old one with tiny embroidery threads, complex work in miniature is just so beautiful to me. All of this work lends such a sense of preciousness (value), and makes a beautiful end product.
I'm thinking of some show quilts that I've seen that are all about technique and obsessive piecing and surfaces that look dead or lifeless to me when I view them as a whole. I'd consider this dress obsessively embroidered, but it still has so much life and joy.