Off we go with the stitching, starting with outlining the motifs in the design in a single line of split stitch using two strands of Madeira stranded cotton in appropriate colours.
For this project I’m using green in three shades, 1410, 1411 and 1412, for the leaves and 1409 for the stems and seeds:
Yellow shades 0105 and 0106 for the buds and the rear of the flowers:
and orange shades 0202, 0203 and 0204 for the flowers proper:
They look rather similar there, and there is I think less of a difference between the colours on the shade card than in others (the greens, for instance), but it is more pronounced that it appears in the photo so I should still be able to get shading effects.
That’s for later, though. Firstly, I’ve outlined the leaves in 1410:
Then the stems and seeds in 1409:
The spots in the centre of the leaves are in the same shade and I filled them in while I was on, as it would have been too much bother to come back to them later.
And finally the buds in 0105 and the flowers in 0204:
Ready to start filling in with embroidery.