If you love embroidery -- and I do! -- you must pick up this book:
Clare Hanham explains shaded embroidery so well with her wonderful pics and directions.
So after paging through this, a huge dose of creative inspiration surges through my body (this is when my family tries to quietly escape out the front door....)
And I start scrounging through my fabric scraps, embroidery thread and found pieces of vintage eyelet lace...
In her book she starts you out with very basic 3 shades of pink embroidery floss and simple long/short stitches to make this flower.