I embroidered a picture from the book "Off the Beaten Track" A Traveller's Anthology, by Laura Stoddart (Orion Books 2002). It's a beautifully illustrated book full of quotes from travellers through the ages.
I drew it onto calico first and coloured bits in with my Derwent colouring pencils before embroidering it. I mostly used one strand of DMC cotton but there were a few places I used 2 strands, and stuck to the old trusty backstitch.
The messy back of the embroidery!