I finally got started on a little bit of stitching on St John's robes.
Here's a shot of this area before I started so you can see I really did do something.
With needlepainting it's rather like a paint by number image. You normally start with the darkest color in your range of at least 3 colors. Using a sort of long and short stitch, but without regulation, you work from dark to light in colors. I find it helpful to sketch outlines of general areas to keep me on track. I really enjoy the freedom of needlepainting but you have to always keep an eye on the big picture.
I've posted a short note about St John on my blog if you want to read it.