This project and the manual embroiding of the flowers was meant to be a learning experience. And so it has proved. This evening's effort was dire. So dire, it made the ultimate sacrifice and became fuel for the fire.
The problem? The tension (still) isn't quite right, and tonight there was more white bobbin thread showing than coloured embroidery thread. So I rethreaded the bobbin (I have a suspicion the bobbin thread had jumped out of its tension unit) and put in a new needle. The machine is second hand so I have no idea how long the needle had been there. Anyway, one or the other of those worked and the second effort was much better. Still not perfect, but better.
The flower on the left is yesterday's effort; that on the right is today's.