After trying a satin stitch twice for the flower stem, I decided to bead it. I love how it turned out. And I was initially going to just stitch my background stitch over the edges of the leaves, as I tried two different stitches and did not care for them. But after beading the stem I thought, hey, why not bead the edges of the leaves as well! Beads, beads, more beads!!! But I love the look. And I have become quite the whiz at beading, thanks to my EZ Beader. LOVE that thing!