We went to a friend's home 'armed' with fabric, threads, a few watercolour pencils and an open mind.
We were 'plein air stitching'. I approached this in the same way I would if I was sketching. I looked at my scene, edited it mentally to capture what I wanted to 'say' about what I was looking at. After some light blocking in of colour with the watercolours to give myself a basic ground of colour in each area I began to stitch.
The colours were not going to be perfect as I was only using what had brought with me, but I quickly decided that was going to be part of the charm of the piece. The time flew past.
Since then I have been adding a few stitches to it in spare moments. I took some photos on the day, but have not referred to them, preferring to work from my memory and the feel of the scene. More on this later...