I stopped cross stitching for quite a while because all I could ever find were patterns that were far too cutesy for my tastes. Then I came across Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, who is doing one of the most gorgeous tarot decks I've ever seen. And a lot of her designs have been turned into charts by Heaven and Earth Designs, and they had completed versions of the charts on their website, and they are BEAUTIFUL.
So I bought a couple and started working on the Cat Celtic Knot. The pattern is 16 pages of letter-size paper, and I'm doing it on 28-ct linenweave--I had to buy a magnifier to see the holes in the fabric. I haven't really worked on it this summer because there have been so many other things to do, but I'm going to have to get back into it once it's cold outside--otherwise it's going to take years to finish. Literally. I showed it to my friend E's mother and said that I had been thinking of giving it to my own mother as a present, and she interrupted me to say, "As much work as that's going to take, I wouldn't be giving it to ANYONE."
At any rate, I tried out the scanner function on the printer for the first time to capture the progress so far...
Here is her original artwork.
Here is my work so far. As I said, the pattern is 16 pages, and you can kind of tell the boundaries of the first pattern page, in the upper left corner. This isn't the greatest quality scan, but I didn't want to take the cloth out of the frame.
It's going to look great when it's done, but at this rate I'll be retired before finishing it.