The start of the lower central petal. First an outline in split stitch, then long and short stitch. The thread is Gumnut stars stranded silk. In the first row two strands are used, one medium light mulberry silk and one very light antique violet DMC cotton.
The second row in an darker shade mulberry silk .
I have been a good girl and followed the instructions. But I don't like this row of antique violet DMC cotton. Later I realised it was possibly meant to add a subtle nuance with just a few stitches, while I stitched it as an almost full row.
And forth and fifth row with very dark and ultra dark mulberry silk. Seen from above it looks somewhat messy. Later I will "comb" the stitches. That way they will neatly lay side by side..... I hope.
Seen from aside. The row in antique violet doesn't catch the eye too much because I stitched far back in this row. Of course every stitch shows up in a close up picture like this. In reality this petal is two cm long. Seen from a normal distance it looks OK.
This is the example. The biggest difference is that it seems less stripy and the colors blend better.
More practise is needed I guess.