Used Gloriana silk for the black outline with 4 strands in cross stitch to create a nice dense line. Then used 2 strands for the neck of the crane in continental. Thinking of doing a wrapped stem stitch for the legs and long and short for the wing feathers.
Again Gloriana but in a gentle red overdye. For this I have so far done the right section in a couched diagonal stitch the left section will be slanted in the opposite direction. Not sure about the central area yet but leaning towards a horizontal couching.
I could get hooked on these Kimonos and already have another in the bag of threads talking to me.