Here is a square with several crepeline-covered pieces - the white piece on the left, the two central light pieces, and the one on the lower right, where the broken silk is very easy to see. From this photo, you can get an idea of how nearly invisible the fine crepeline silk is.
I especially love this one!
Here's a particularly imaginatively embroidered patch.
And here's a hand-painted velvet patch, also very typical of the era.
All in all, it's a great rendition of the Victorian home decor statement of "more is more".