Egads... Gardening the back side of this dress has become my life... Almost done with the florals tho.
Relearned learning no. 1. .. why do we do this to ourselves? I thought I'd try doing a few florals with only 2 values for dark and light (because I didn't have 3 values of thread in the same hue). I was unhappy with the way the 2 value work was going... so I had to do some shopping. Oh darn! :-)
Three values(dark, medium, light) seem to work better for me.
Sometimes adding a variegated will do the trick too.
Relearning No. 2 .. With such close stitch lines (one to another) use caution when stitching atop a previous stitch line as this creates greater stiffness in the overall project. I've done that some here and regret it. Oh well!