So, here she is after yet another weekend of stitching - I added a banner underneath the heart, and four large roses and thorny branches. Do you ever not trust yourself when it comes to drawing, then just try it, and you're surprised at how nice the results are? That's how I feel about these roses:
I used my favorite shade of red variegated floss for the roses, also using a little bright red on some of the petals. I varied the stitches and strands of floss to give a little texture. I definitely have a favorite angle for this piece:
I feel there is still some more to add, so look for a bit more next weekend.... I mostly want to find a way to pull together the big, kind of overpowering red roses and branches with the rest of the piece. Wish me luck on that! :)
Also, I was delighted to discover my little owl won a Softie Award! I'm beyond flattered - this was definitely a project I enjoyed at every single stage, and I'm so glad it was appreciated!!!