I finished the stitching on the Maple Leaf from the Fall 2014 issue of "A Needle Pulling Thread".
The difference between stitching with two adjacent threads maintaining the colour integrity or with one thread doubled, can be seen to the left of the centre vein. Where it is mottled-looking is where I just double the thread over. The clearer colours are where I threaded the needle with two adjacent threads. I did the crosses of each stitch before going on to the next one. I also outlined the leaf with backstitching when I was done.
I could make this as a lid for a box I have. In the meantime, I have a bunch of Christmas ornaments to get finished.