So the English Transitional won out. During one of our now regular chats I mentioned it to Nicola who said she had it all kitted up with 35count linen and silks, and as a Thank You for helping set up the blog she'd send it to me. This is an extremely generous thing to do and it meant I could start almost immediately!
The parcel arrived the next day and after a quick iron of the fabric I made a start yesterday evening. Here's my progress so far:
I always start in the middle of a project and this is no exception. There will be three of these motifs next to each other filled in with a variety of cross stitch, satin stitch and stem stitch. The instructions recommend doing all the outlines first then the filling in from the top downwards. This makes sense as you get your placement and spacing right plus there's less risk of catching the loops in the satin stitch later on.
Here's the picture from the Scarlet Letter website so you can see the finished item (for those of us who haven't quite memorised the entire range yet!!
Finally, I have a few emails in my inbox to answer. December is a very busy month, I'm doing some extra shifts at work, I have two children and do voluntary work too so maybe I won't answer them as quickly as usual. But rest assured I will get back to you, especially if you've asked for blogging help.
ps if anyone knows what Ann Johnson's verses say, please let me know! I really like the one about where she lives and the fact that you get a reproduction map of the area with the chart. Nice touch.