I have started on the detached petals for the Or Nué blossoms. I am not ready to attach them yet but am keen to see how they will look.
I have used 30 gauge wire on the petals and couched them with a single strand of silk, the same silk used to couch the gilt passing thread.
In Stage 1 I have simply couched down the wire in the shape of the petal. You may notice that the wires to not meet at the base of the petals. This is intentional for the shape of the petals.
In Stage 2 I have worked buttonhole stitch over the wire to form the edge of the petal.
The little blobs of thread in the centre of the petal are the pin stitches I have used to start and finish each thread. These will be covered later when the petal is filled with long and short stitch.
Before starting the long and short stitch I prefer to work a split backstitch around the inside of the wire. As I usually work my detached elements on quilters muslin rather than fabric colour matched to the thread (except with very bright/dark colours), this will prevent any of the muslin from showing through if there are any gaps between your long and short stitch and buttonhole edge.
Lastly I filled the petal with long and short stitch and added a few gold stitches. I think the gold stitches will help tie the petals in with the gold Or Nue background.
If you find long and short stitch a challenge, or would just like to perfect your technique, I can recommend Mary Corbett's long and short stitch tutorialon Needle n' Thread. The tutorial takes you through 9 lessons, starting with simple shapes and moving onto more complex shapes as each lesson progresses. The lessons are very detailed with excellent photos and diagrams accompanying each lesson.