I have found that no matter how many times I read the instructions i ALWAYS make some kind of mistake. I used two threads instead of one for the half stitches that are purple around the center. Of course, I had done the whole thing before I realized it, so I am going to leave it. Grrrrr.
I also discovered that I am terrible at backstitching. I tried and tried and frogged and restitched, but I just cannot get the backstitching around the leaves just inside the orange border to look right. So, I made the executive decision to just leave it off. For the time being anyway. It feels like I am cheating somehow!
I am enjoying this project so much, mistakes and all. I never cease to be amazed at these incredible designs. The use of variegated threads mades each stitcher's piece just a little bit different. With all the errors I make, I think my pieces may be a little overly unique! But I do love them.