First, I design a non-representational painting (in this case, watercolor on paper) and decide which area and direction(s) I want the embroidery to fill. Then I have to poke the holes for the stitches before I actually sew (due to the thickness and difficulty of “sewing” on 140lb. watercolor paper!). Then I can finally choose thread color(s) and sew through the pre-made holes. The result is a one-of-a-kind stitched painting, with a beautiful contrast between the organic, fluid layers of watercolor versus the linear/geometric patterns of the stitches.