This picture also show a third way that I secured the cording on top of the fabric. I simply stitched it with an invisible stitch.
I thought the orange side of my piece was a bit flat looking. It did not have any cording or puffs on it. I thought the variegated orange thread would not pop. I did not want to add buttons or beads because I had not used them elsewhere in the piece. I finally decided to thread paint with variegated blue thread. That helped to tied the orange side to the blue side of the piece.
Once you are satisfied with your piece, it is time to decide how to present it to the world. Your edges are probably quite wiggly. Want to be really brave and leave it that way?
To finish it I decided to sew a false back on it. Other choices you could make are 1) o put a backing on it, add a little quilting to all three layers, and then finish the edge; or 2) put a facing on it and mount it on a stretched canvas or atop another quilt. ohhhh! Think of the super extreme texture of a quilt on a quilt!
To sew a false back, I laid the piece face down, front to front, onto a fabric I thought would complement the front. Sometimes when I face a wall hanging, I like to use a complimentary color that will peek from the back. I debated using an orange to peek from the back on this one. I auditioned it but felt a blue one that was less visible was more successful. I had put a lot of work on the texture and this time I did not want the back to steal any of the attention.
Sew all the way around the piece about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch from the edge. Do try and round the corners a bit to make turning easier. "WHAT?" you say, "How do you turn it when you have stitched all the way around?" Good question. You carefully lift a pinch of the back fabric and cut it.