It’s many years since I did any real proper grown-up embroidery. You may remember this fragment of eighteenth century silk fabric:
Although this is woven into the fabric rather than embroidered, I really like the tactile quality of the motif.
I traced the design onto tracing paper…
… and then transferred the design to a piece of silk antung fabric. I backed the silk with a piece of silk organza as it needed stabilising a little and then put both layers of silk into an embroidery hoop. Here it is in progress: