To be fair though, after my last update in MARCH, I had finished the outlines of the flowers by mid-April. [Please excuse the photos. I am the world’s worst photographer.]
I then moved on to plotting out the colour schemes. The flower photographs I had used for inspiration already had their own colours, so I avoided taxing my puny brain too much and picked up those colours in cotton embroidery floss. Then I had to replicate the shading on the flowers, which let me tell you is a daunting prospect.
Lots of embroidery blogs I follow suggest colouring pencils as a means to plan stitch direction, colours, and so on. So I broke out the design and tried to match the floss to the limited set of colour pencils I had. the attempt wasn’t pretty, but it sufficed for me to get an idea of how to start.
Hopefully my next update will be about starting on the tulips, and some progress will be visible. For the moment, I am sticking to a simple satin stitch, because the thought of mixing up the stitches boggles my mind!