Even though I don't have all the floss I'll need for "The Young Botanist" I couldn't wait to get started on it. I pick up material at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost and just keep them on hand for times like this, when I just have to get started on a project.
I had a piece of 16-count aida that was supposed to be 20"x24", just the right size for TYB. Thing is, I never took it out of its tube before. Yes, it was 20"x24", but in TWO PIECES! Argh!!!
Luckily, I had another piece of material large enough, but it's something like 19.5-count soft evenweave, not aida. If I don't go blind (or bonkers) working on it, it should be ok.
Here's a new shot of "The Young Botanist" after stitching on it every day for a week. I'm still waiting for the floss I ordered online but proceeding nicely with what I have on hand. I'd say I've done about three-quarters of the stitches on the first page. I took the shot from my scanner, which is kind of boxed in a corner. I don't know how much of the second page I'll be able to capture that way. Guess I should get around to either making my digital camera work properly, or get a new one.
Looking great, Barbara!!! Don't your grid threads get in your way? I have to pull mine out before I actually start an area, but I leave them long enough to pull back over for reference, but once that area is filled in, I cut them down! Or are you using something extra slippery, so you can stitch over them and pull them out later? My plain old sewing thread isn't that slick....