Here's my original start. It's on linen (which shredded the thread for the pulled areas). The big square in the middle houses an alphabet which is surrounded by the different blocks and borders.
Here's my do-over. It's on grey evenweave with an overdyed Needle Necessities thread for the non-pulled sections and a polyester Sulky thread for the pulled areas. Already I like it better. The plan is to stitch the blocks and rows from Toccata 3. Nothing fancy -- just make everything fit.
The above pic is what I did last week. It looks nicer than the picture and I'm much happier with it.
Another problem piece is When Stars Collide.
So the plan is to abandon my original plan and restitch When Stars Collide on black canvas and instead of backstitching each star, I plan to lay the sparkly threads. Hopefully, the larger holes and changing the stitch-type will make it easier on my eyes. Since I haven't started this yet, I don't know if this will work or not .... will keep you posted.
I also spent part of the weekend stitching part 2 of the lovely little SAL 'Baumchen' from the Stick Lounge group ...... no problems here :) .....
and the sampler I'm making for a Habitat for Humanity soon-to-be new homeowner.