The next stage in the process is definitely new for me: painting the fabric.
I used diluted acrylic paints, and very carefully painted in the stems in gold:
(the forest of map pins are to stop the fabric shifting as I worked)
Then the leaves in green:
And finally the apples in red:
The colours look very bright here, but most of the paint went straight through the weave of the fabric and onto the paper beneath; off the paper and stretched onto an embroidery frame, it's a lot more muted:
Time to start stitching!