I’ve started work on a leafy branch. You can already see how the color variations in the leaves interact. Farther up the branch the leaves will be darker.
My Portuguese stem stitch is really improving – that long section in particular looks very evenly textured.
This project is a lot of fun, even though it has an enormous amount of long-and-short stitch and split stitching. Sometimes it’s nice not to think too hard about choosing stitches (or transferring a complicated pattern! preprinted fabric is so easy!), and I’ve still had a good time choosing floss colors.