Once you have completed a piece of embroidery, it usually needs one more step to be in its final form. Often it is framed for hanging on a wall or worked into a piece of clothing for wearable art. I decided to make my stitch sampler into a pillow.
Straight stitch is a way to give a lot of texture and dimension to stitching. The method I have used in stitching this flower motif is sometimes called long and short stitch. Having stitches of different lengths allows the shades to blend into each other so it appears more natural than stripes.