One of the key things that must be done when designing a needlepoint piece is cutting the millions of colors and shades in a photo down to a manageable palette of colors. They must be different enough that the person stitching the design can tell them apart, but close enough that the color changes aren’t too dramatic.
I find that six shades of grey from white through black inclusive is about right. Other colors can support a similar range of shades.
So I pick colors for the palette from the layout, keeping these guidelines in mind. I arrange them in a grid so I can pick paint colors.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for the beauty and intricacy of creation. Help her to appreciate Your work all around her.