I have added some slow stitches to this piece. I was showing my son my progress as he is home this weekend. He commented that it has a storybook quality to it. I love that! I feel like I don't have the natural ability to do high realism. I think with time I could develop that ability but I really don't care to do that. Bright and colourful suits me just fine. The stitching is so enjoyable. When I have a short length of thread left on a needle I use it up on this piece.