I realized after several weeks that my stitch repertoire was sadly limited, and decided to find a book and look up some new stitches. So the project took on an extra dimension that I had not anticipated at the start of the year: a tutorial in embroidery. I thought I would use my progress reports to share some of the stitches I'm using.
Simplest of all is the running stitch, where the needle comes up and goes down along a line. Here's an example of a lot of parallel straight lines in running stitch: