The fans are actually one of my favorite things LOL! I tend to get bored with backgrounds and I think they'd keep me amused.
But you know, it could be interesting with just the figure being stitched -- you could get some beautiful hand-dyed fabric to stitch her on. Could be very pretty, and certainly much quicker to get done than with all the fans and background.
This picture is already on our list of suggestions but I'm adding your name to the list of suggestors - we are now keeping track of everybody who suggests a picture in case the original person can't be reached.
This seems like a very atypical Monet. I looked it up and it was a pretty early work. This was his first wife who died young.