The wholecloth is coming along quite nicely. Here's a couple more lessons I've learned along the way:
1) Use a spiral eye needle when burying threads. (I just ordered mine and am saving my burying until they are received.
2) Wear your glasses when stitching pebbles.
3) Sit down on a chair, stool, or something when stitching those pebbles.
4) Match the thread color to the fabric. (Have I said that enough?)
5) Do not attempt to stitch pebbles after consuming wine.