It's been a while. I decided to begin working on the mounds at the bottom and they're taking a lot of time.
I have issues with long and short stitch. I want it to be flowing and elegant. I feel that I'm generally too heavy handed and that my stitching is too dense. I'm working hard on improving as I stitch the mounds. I've penciled in a lot of guidelines to follow--they really help keep my stitches going in the right direction.
I didn't want them to be left to the last--they're slow going and not as much fun as the colorful leaves.