Just the roses left to embroider.
You may remember that when we looked at the colours to be used for the roses, it included a shade of pink, Madeira stranded cotton no. 0303. Although the roses are going to be (mostly) white, I’m using a bit of pink too.
The stylised rose design has a feature that I’ve always taken to be the top of each petal turned over a little. I need to highlight this in some way, and so as the embroidery will be applied to a dark red velvet once it’s completed, I’m picking it out in a complementary shade: the pink.
I’ve stitched over the lines of this detail in split stitch:
And a close-up:
If this is an overhang, then there should be a bit of shadow cast underneath it onto the petal below; I’m adding this using small stitches in one strand of the pink and one of the off-white used for the outlining, no. 2402:
and in close-up again:
Next time, I’ll fill in the rest of the roses.