Some of you may recall that DH gave me the Marta Mask canvas by Leigh Designs for Christmas 2010. Well, I am finally ready to stitch this gorgeous thing! As a counted person, I am quite intimidated by this large and stunning design. I hope I can do it justice! I have spent lots of time selecting threads and thinking about stitches & techniques. The actual painted canvas is darker than the picture on the website, and I like the picture, so I'll be using lighter threads than are indicated by the canvas.So here we go. I have done just a little bit. First I stitched the mouth in Slanted Gobelin using an overdyed red silk. Ordinarily I would not do a bright red thing first on a light background, however, I wanted to make sure just where I wanted the edges of the lips in case I needed to make any adjustments. I think it turned out well! Next is the "petals" on the face. I just got the ones on the left side done and they need some tweeking. I laid down "padding" with white pearl cotton and then stitched over it, more Slanted Gobelin, with white Neon Rays Plus. Finally I outlined the petals with a Whipped Backstitch using Kreinik #8 braid, whipped with Kreinik #4. I'm not happy with the Whipped Backstitch - I think it needs to be heavier, so I'll take it out and try again before I tackle the Petals on the other side!.