For a first attempt at a realistic portrait - it's not too bad - only practise will help with shading.
Thread painting has started - don't think I will do much on the face - the teeth have to be stitched - hope she doesn't end up looking like Dracula or something!!!
Have started stitching the hair - that will be thread painted more than the face, I think. Don't forget to check out Quilt University www.quiltuniversity.com - there are such a variety of classes available.