Here's what I've accomplished so far: I finished the Beading (that little ring of holes around the center) and the four single eyelets also in the center (some of which you can see in the photo below). Then I stitched on the circle of pearls. In between the pearls and eyelets I laid down two layers of padding, basically a satin stitch in Floche, each in a different direction. Then a layer of French knots, some one wrap and others two wraps, to develop some contouring in the flower center.
Then it was on to starting the Slanted Satin Stitch Petals, two of which were already done in class that you can see above. I had to outline each petal half with split backstitch to create a wall for the next step: padding. You can see the padding completed (but not satin stitched yet) in the photo above.
Tomorrow I will tackle the padding in the five petals that are left, and the next day I will do the satin stitches over the padding. I can't wait to finish this project!!