All of the blocks have the stem appliqued and the small leaf stitched. Instead of the suggested straight strip of wool for the stem, I chose to use Rousseau Ric Rac, by Painter's Threads. This is really a fun trim with a tiny sparkle. The small inner leaf was stitched according to BOM directions with a Herringbone Stitch and I selected Valdani M26 Pearl Cotton #8 which I also used to add Bullion Knots around both the inner and outer leaves. A back stitch with Sea Grass, color Crush Crush adds a bit of color.
The flower center is a fussy-cut cotton print and my first stitch is Italian Knotted Border Stitch which looks a lot like Fly Stitch with a knot at the bottom of the "V". I used Thread Gatherer Silken Pearl size 5 (SP5), color Phoenix Rising and then with SP5, color Sprite Grass added a Lazy Daisy Stitch.
Now I'm really excited about the next stitch around the pink wool. I used Painter's Thread Silk Gimp, color Marianne to stitch Knotted Pearl Stitch. The Gimp is a silk thread twisted around an inner core that almost resembles a flexible wire. A size 15 Milleners needle is just what you need for this amazing fiber.
The outline around the orange wool is my go-to, reliable Bullion Knot in Painter's Thread Pearl Cotton #8, color Mary C.
Today was going to be an all-day stitch-a-thon but....... construction guys were in and out all day helping us with remodeling the bathrooms. I'm holding out hope for this evening.