Finished with the flat gold, and started on the reed leaves.
The leaves on the right side (orange and green) look much better than those on the left side. I may have to re-stitch. I will wait till the right side is done before deciding.
I'm thinking about the finishing for the piece. For her piece, Kay Stanis put a piece of gold lame as backing, so that the carry-over of the flat gold under the voids would not be obvious. She also finished it as a scroll. I will do the gold lame underneath, but probably will do it as a framed piece.