However, I think my brain is slowly becoming more conversant with the software and every connecting thread I manage to get rid of is a bonus.
This was my best effort so far, but a professional designer would have a finished design looking something like this.
There would only be 2 threads showing, one for the start of the design and one for the end.
This is the third portrait that I've edited, which I did today and I think it's the best so far.
And how it should look.
Only 2 more portraits to go and then I'll be ready for the stitch out at last..