I am starting a small area rug, using some deep brown felted batting I had made a few years ago. I recently drew (using colored pencils) a loose circle of sassafras leaves in their autumn colors. I thought this might make a beginning pattern for an area rug (or wall hanging) repeating the circle swirl outward to the edges of the rug. Here is the drawing:
Next, I scanned the drawing just to get some cut-out patterns for the leaves I would use. Then, I made some pre-felt in autumnal colors and began to cut out the leaves, pictured below.