I chose to do the fish design and here is what I finished the day with:
The wider thread was couched on after stitching the placement from behind. The fish is stitched with 2 threads wound together, one of them being a metallic. Everything has been stitched from the backing fabric where the pattern was drawn on:
I have a little bit more of the decorative thread to stitch on (from the bobbin) and then the quilting.
I had a great day and was pleased with the amount of work achieved. It was great to not have to worry about fabric, the pattern was already drawn up and I could get a reasonable amount of stitching done.
The front fabric was a commercial tie-dyed piece that I over-painted - the balance between the light/dark colours was too extreme, so I mixed up some blue paint and had a very pleasing finished product.