With the borders finished, I’ve been outlining and filling in leaves and petals. The borders were fun, but this is the part I’ve really been looking forward to. (Which is why I did the borders first–so the candy part of the project would still be waiting.)
The stem is not only outlines in stem stitch, but filled in stem stitch. There’s still an empty spot at the base of the petals because I’m wavering between pale blue and pale gray. Expect to see a test petal sometime soon, because just holding up threads isn’t getting me anywhere.
The big leaves are buttonhole stitch, and the smaller leaves are going to be a combination of stem stitch and more textured stitches.