I've started (and finished) the thistle. I'm not terribly happy with how the shading (or lack thereof) turned out on the topmost flower, but, meh. It'll do. I've started on the background between the thistle and the foxglove while I ponder how to attack the lily. The shape of the lily is pretty much exactly the way it looks in the original, but I'm just not that fond of it. Hmmmmm.
Anyway, on to the pics!
I now have 5/8 of the slips done, and nearly that much of the background. Hurrah!