You might be interested in my design process. This post is about the steps I go through to create most of my work and this one in particular. If I am creating a piece for an exhibit I verify all criteria for the work. Size limitations and any other requirements. I make notes and may create a 3 x 5 card or notebook entry with all relevant information.
I create a preliminary thumbnail sketches of my piece, using reference photos I take. Next is a larger proportional sketch with more details and value information. Once I am satisfied I create a full scale sketch to make my master pattern. From that point on, it is fabric selection and decisions on how the final stitch out will be done. Sometimes stitches are removed as the look or flow is not what I had intended.