While waiting for the frame for Gracie to arrive, I decided to do a practice piece. This is from Trish Burr's book Color Confidence in Embroidery. This is what it looks like from the book. It seems to have very good step-by-step instructions that I can follow - we'll see.
I used Kay Stanis' backing technique method to attach a grey silk onto the muslin backing. I used a pencil to trace the outline and was ready to start; but had to run to the store to get the colors that I don't have.