I'm participating in Take a Stitch Tuesdays and in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project this year (links in the sidebar). My project for the year will be a wall hanging of St. Francis of Assisi. I've posted my preparation notes for this project on the Tuesday Stitchers blog.
I get my best ideas when I'm waking up in the morning. The idea for using fly stitch to make a dandelion came to me this way.
I remembered I have this old embroidery book. If you look closely, you can see the thrift store price tag.
Sure enough, this book has outlines of wild flowers, including a dandelion (below right).
I sketched the drawing I wanted to use on a piece of scratch paper, and then traced it onto iron-on, tear-away stabilizer. If it was an intricate drawing, I would have traced it directly onto the stabilizer.
Once the image is ironed on, I stitch directly over it.
Once the stitching is done, you (carefully) tear away the stabilizer. I'll get some tweezers to pull out some of the paper from under the leaves.
I'm working on seam embellishment next. I realize I'm going to have to keep up the pace to finish a block a month.