Zipping right along on this piece is so easy! I finished the silver band of slanted stitches with the Kreinik. Then using the silver Kreinik again, I fist stem stitched all the curves on the bottom. Then I filled in the rest of the silver with basketweave. The stitch guide called for French knots, but I felt they stuck out too much from the curves, so....I changed it. I am now working on the four way Continental with 4 strands of Splendor. I have also done a few more rows around the outside edge.