I absolutely loved all the soft pastel colors in this canvas, and I found myself proceeding very carefully to render all the different shades of pinks and yellows. Because the background colors were so lovely, I didn't want to cover them up with solid stitching, so I chose some blackwork patterns that provided interesting texture, but didn't hide the painted colors.
I like to think that the large "wall" area could be wallpaper, drapes, or even ironwork. Then the middle section could be carpeting or the back of a sofa (I was envisioning a chenille sofa!). Then another blackwork pattern for the white lacy tablecloth.
When I got to the bowl and flowers, I did a LOT of Tent Stitching (or Basketweave, where possible) in a variety of colors. I added irregular Mosaic stitches over the bowl, to give it a rough-ish texture, hoping to contrast it against the soft petals of the flowers. You can't see it in the photo, but all the bowl stitches have a slight sparkle, since I mixed in some Kreinik Blending Filaments with each stitch...
And then I tackled the flowers. (Are they roses or peonies? I still can't decide.) First I Tent Stitched everything, then went back and added Diagonal Satin Stitches on just the petals I wanted to highlight. I used rayon Ribbon Floss and Neon Rays, since I wanted a soft sheen on my petals.
Slow work, but very, very satisfying when everything is done. And after all the flowers were stitched, I decided they needed some deliciously full bullioned and beaded centers! (And I've included a packet of beads with the stitch guide, by the way).
So if these soft pastel flowers appeal to you (deep in the heart of winter) you can check out the stitch guide for PRETTY on my website.... or ask your local stitchery store to order the canvas and stitch guide from Fleur de Paris. Either way, it's a wonderful project to get you in a flowery spring mood!