In the past I have planned my embroidered pieces out by drawing the complete design. But I want to approach this one differently. I want to do it spontaneously, just do one bit and then another, not knowing really where I am going or what I will do next. (This is Rice's influence.)
I drew the curves of the stems with a ChakoAce fabric pen. It makes a very faint mark which is hard to see, a bit frustrating. The good part is that it disappears over time, or with water. The fabric shapes are added with applique adhesive paper, then I am doing the satin stitch over the edges. I don't think the adhesive would hold up through washing, and I think it looks better with the stitching.I am going for a rather jacobean flower look.