I printed out a photo of my niece onto a sheet of canvas and I am stitching away at that. It's the same way I did the figures in the photo at the top of the blog. It's a little time consuming getting the needle through the canvas but I will push on with it and ignore the pain! I have nerve damage in my right hand which means it is painful to stitch, but I love embroidery, and just thinking of the end result makes it worth it.
I have a very old comfortable pair of shorts that are threadbare in places, so on the left is my attempt at sashiko - mending Japanese style. I used blue DMC and stitched over a patch of patterned fabric. The embroidery shapes on the right I did a while ago before I learned about sashiko. There is another small patch of mending just under the pocket.