Thanks for all the lovely comments - particularly about this piece I am currently working on - which is involving a LOT of new stitches & challenges - which of course means learning.
It turns out that, even though I need to actually concentrate on this piece at times, it is good to travel with - mostly due to only needing one or two threads.
And so, I have started to seriously tackle the boarders...firstly with a plaited Slav stitch & then with hem stitch... yep, I'd never done hem stitch before:
Next I had to take a deep breath & cut - man I hate cutting threads, but a girls got to do, what the instructions say... and then weave...
Recently I have also been browsing the interwebs & getting very distracted, if you haven't found Feeling Stitchy you should!
They took me to Sew Lovely which gave me a cute little "I Dig You" stencil, which I traced from my computer - just put baking paper on your screen - magic! I'll keep you up to date with my plan... promise!