I was happy to finally see this heart completed - I had gotten so frustrated with it, and picked out and re-stitched so many colors on this... I'm really enjoying this project and taking my time - instead of stepping back and saying "I'm finished" after 1 or 2 nights, I've carried this project over weeks, doing new sketches whenever I think about it:
I used this sketch to think mainly of colors and where things would go... most of the colors I didn't end up using after all, but I like how it looks on its own.
I changed the color on the banner outline from grayish blue to peach - something about the gray just blended in too much and looked dull.
Stitching the lettering on the ribbon around her neck was trickiest - I used a single strand of black sewing thread, so the stitches look a tiny bit crooked:
I really enjoy my progress so far - all this weekend I stitched some more, which means there's a bit more to come. I love taking my time and knowing there's no rush... :)