love all the stitches!
I'd cover over the hands and show the whole thistle.
So so cool!! Beautiful work!
Excellent progress and love all your stitches. I also like the fact that the design outlines are brown rather than blue. I always find blue stands out too much and is difficult to cover some times.
I love following your amazing embroidery on this project - partly because I also have Scottish ancestors :)
By the time you get through this, you are going to be a pro at embroidery. I think it's a great idea that you are allowing yourself to change it to suit you, it looks beautiful already.
How wonderful! I agree about doing what makes you happy! This is going to be absolutely stunning!