I saw this painting and fell in love, however I have never attempted anything this big before, the largest I ever stitched was 21 X 18. So for all you BAP experts I would appreciate any tips you might have for this adventure, and to say I'm a bit daunted is a gross understatement.
Don't worry about starting your project! It really is one stitch at a time. The hardest part is keeping your place. There is a lot of information about gridding, etc., in the forum and the tips section if you want to do that.
I was also intimidated when I started my first SQ project. Do you normally start in a corner or in the middle? I chose a corner that had a solid block of one color (there aren't too many of those in an SQ pattern), and then gradually worked from there. I found that my "plan of attack" changed from time to time, depending on which part of the pattern I was working on, and also by building on what I was learning. I kind of experimented a lot on how to work on the pattern due to the amount of time it took to finish (not my original intention ), but the end result still looks really fluid. Just have fun, and use the methods that work best for you!
By the way, that's a great pattern you chose. Enjoy!
Hello Tink! Well I think that without even realising it you have answered your own question. You say you have fallen in love with that picture, and that's all you need to inspire you enough to stitch it! Just remember that's the way it started and don't let it become a chore, you're doing this because it's fun and you love it, when it starts feeling like something you 'have' to do, it's time to put it down for a while and get some perspective. Don't focus on the finish, focus on the process. It's the journey which is enjoyable, the destination is just an added bonus!
And after that, it's just one stich after another....
Thank you both so much for your encouragement, I expect I'll be needing it a lot in the future and will look to my fellow stitchers for some really BIG shoulders. I bought all the floss on Saturday, thank goodness my local craft store had 4 for $1. I am currently finishing the Celtic Lady of Winter by Lavender & Lace, and should be starting on my quest by the weekend.