And a small start it is ...
I opted for the 20-count linen fabric option and am using DMC embroidery floss.
I had to use the clip to keep the pattern together because it was
too thick for our stapler to bind all pages!
Threads and the thread chart.
I had most of what I needed in my stash and purchased
the rest, along with the linen, from my local needlework shop, Needlworkx of Plano.
You get an idea of the color palette ... I LOVE this palette.
Here's a sample of the pattern page, of which there are 15.
That's a total of 62,856 stitches.
Annabelle of Annabelle Serendipity said it looks daunting!
And yeah, it does look daunting.
But I've already tackled another daunting cross stitch pattern
so I'm fairly confident I'll get through this one.
But how does one complete a project like this?
For me --- one square at a time!
Each of those grids enclosed by the bold lines contain 100 stitches.
The thread chart has the key to the color attached to each symbol.
On complex patterns, I find it best to take one square at a time.
I will stitch into other squares, especially if there is a "run"
of stitches of all the same color thread, such as the ones
represented by the "%" symbol in the chart pictured above.
I will also step into other squares when working with a color that
is particularly different and/or brighter than the others
and use those as anchors from which to count off the other stitches.
The patternmakers strongly suggest marking the grid
on your cloth to help keep track, but I'm lazy when it comes to prep work.
By basically making my progress one square at a time,
I find I don't lose my place.
The pattern also suggest starting in the upper left hand corner
and I whole-heartedly agree with that counsel.
Many patterns tell you to start in the dead center of the work.
I say "phooey" to that.
A well-written pattern has all the parameters and dimensions
you needed to start on the upper left hand corner!
And the people over at Serenity Stitchworks provide very
I highly recommend them!
They only offer advanced patterns, but if you have
the basics of cross-stitch down, and
you follow their instructions,
you will have no trouble completing a beautiful work of art.
Just remember to take it one square at a time.