Starting from the outer edge, this first circle set is embellished with palestrina knot using a variegated perle cotton (5). The next stitch in is Italian knotted border stitch worked using a variegated silk thread. Then follows a circle of Basque stitch worked in variegated perle cotton (12). Finally, in the centre are a few beaded French knots which I worked using the same variegated perle cotton and five wraps of the needle.
This second set of circles is embellished (again starting from the outer edge) with tete de boeuf stitch in pale apricot perle cotton (8). This is followed by palestrina knot in pale lilac perle cotton(8). The middle fabric circle has been outlined with cable stitch in the same pale apricot perle cotton (8) and then the centre is decorated with a whipped woven circle worked in variegated silk thread.
It is such fun deciding on the stitches to embellish the circles with and then bringing them to life as you stitch them. I am really looking forward now to getting the rest decorated and being able to add some texture in the background too.