I had a mat from a frame handy and decided to see how the piece would look framed. I like how the background glows through the black pieces, and it does tell me that this is a viable way to design abstract fiber art pieces.
I did a second experiment yesterday, this time working from the mountain scene I created based on a photo:
Here's the black and white design
Here's the original photo
Here's the fused fabric. I'm not that thrilled with how this piece came out. I think I would get a better design using the black over a color, as I did on the first example shown above. Either that or use fabrics with more color contrast. I need to give this some more thought!