I then dyed the threads I needed which again took longer than I though it would as I had to make up new dye solutions for about 12 colours and then agonised over creating just the right shades I needed.
Here you can see the beautiful subtle shades I dyed drying by my wood heater.
Sadly the photos don't show the gorgeous lustre of the thread, nor the true beauty of the colours.
So, after embroidering for one and a half hours, the threads were dry and ready to wind onto cards. I always wind very large skeins so that I am sure to have enough of any one colour to finish my projects.