I started work on the blackwork body. I’m glad I chose a darker ground fabric. If I was working the pattern on white I’d consider backing it with something. I think it would be tricky to keep the tails on the back from showing through unless you were very meticulous about it.
I added some running stitch temporary basting lines, partly to better keep count and partly to help sure the waste canvas doesn’t shift. That would be unfortunate!
I’m considering double running stitch for the feathers. But vertical or horizontal? Or diagonal? And how solid would it look on 16 count fabric? Still thinking!