I have now finished free motion embroidery on the pear:
Overall, I am pleased with it. The purpose of the project was to give me more free motion practice, and I feel that my control over the fabric has improved – I no longer feel the need to grip it tight. I am better at travelling along previously stitched lines, too.
I now want to do some hand stitching into the pear, to add a stalk, and perhaps some more texture.
In future, I think I need to leave some overlaps between the pieced backgrounds, as they are bondawebbed down, and there are gaps in places.
Here is a little video of how it developed: