Finished stitching the first piece from Sharon B's Sumptuous Surfaces course and made it up into a postcard. Funny, looking at the actual piece the leaf shape (horse chestnut) doesn't show up so clearly, but in the photo the contrast between the emptier paler leaf and the closely textured darker background is very marked. Although the leaf part with the long stitches was worked in a hoop the threads have pulled the fabric up a bit. Maybe they do need a bit of couching. But I want the smooth lines really.I was finding the textured bit easier as I did more of it, but still don't feel I quite have grasped how to organise it, it is still a bit of a muddle to me. Sharon's course is lovely and has so much in it. I need to read through the lessons again and then get stuck into the second part of it, a similar project but using colours.