Thought you'd like to see a close-up of how I thread painted the pine needles and the thorns on the limbs of the palm fronds. Both are done with a zigzag stitch set at the widest stitch it is possible to use on your machine. Lower the feed dogs and as the zigzag stitch is being made gently move the project under the presser foot to create the look of the needles and the thorns. Keep fingers out of the way! Wow, it hurts when you stitch through your finger....(known from experience!