I was supposed to use this SAL to finish poor Ann Grimshaw who has been being dragged around since 2005. But when Debby posted her gorgeous start on Elizabeth Sheffield, I became obsessed! I was in a quandary, though, because the DMC colors were so much more beautiful and vibrant than the AVAS- but I really MUCH prefer stitching with silk. Then I remembered that HDF solids convert to DMC and I had just gotten a shipment of the last few colors needed to complete my full set! Even better- I already had the chart, too! As for fabric, well, surely I would have to go buy fabric, as I never have the count and color I want in the right size. I had decided to stitch this on 32ct, because of all of the over-1, which I really don't like. Since I usually stitch on 36 or 40ct, I surely wouldn't have anything on hand. Well... It just so happened that I had a fat quarter of 32ct Lakeside Vintage Maritime (my all-time favorite sampler color!) that I had been hoarding from a long-ago FOTM (the first month and year Maritime was introduced, as a matter if fact!) I had calculated that Elizabeth would fit on a fat quarter, with 2 1/2" borders. So I am feeling QUITE virtuous about my new start, since everything I'm using came from my stash! I am really enjoying stitching this one. It's like a coloring book and the colors are so pretty! The coverage on the over-2 cross stitch is fine on the 32ct since the dying really makes it closer to 34-35ct.
Here she is after 20 hours, (one full week) of avoiding the over-1 part. Maybe I will get up the nerve to start the blue bird on the right tomorrow!