Ah, this project is bliss!
All the gorgeous silks, crystals, beads, and metallics arrived organized just as you see them here and tied up in a pretty ribbon bow. I was thrilled.
Here is where I was last night:
And today I did the first of four fleur-de-lis stitched with one strand of beautiful Waterlilies hand painted silk over one thread of linen. This means each cross stitch is one quarter the size of the rest in the project. I am amazed at my results! Later, it will be intricately back stitched in gold thread but I'm going to need to catch my breath first.