Superbly clever shading and intricate use of colour, but worth every stitch.There is something about Charlotte's eyes that just draws me in. I spent a long time looking at the design, but although I love and appreciate how clever it is, it would not have fitted with my decor. So when my Granmother asked me to stitch it for her I was over the moon. The design is made up of whole cross stitch, three quarter stitch, horizontal and vertical half cross stitch and normal half cross stitch. A very small, but clever, amount of backstitch brings the eyes to life. But despite this variety, it was remarkably easy to stitch. This is due in part to the wonderful quality of the chart, the instructions and the pre-sorted thread.As with all Heritage kits, I would strongly recommend chosing the evenweave option, rather than the aida option as it goes a long way to make the fractional stitches easier and more even.Charlotte's face and shoulder are remarkably easy to stitch, and the eye is beautifully designed. However, this is a big project: What makes this design more challenging is the hat: I split the chart into 20 stitch blocks and the tacked the same lines onto the fabric, then concentrated on one block at a time. Whilst stitching, the placement of the colours seems random, but the overall result is of beautiful shading and a cross stitch picture that could be a painted portrait.
This probably isn't the best kit I've ever stitched, but it is pretty hanging in my study! I would photocopy each part of the chart as you stitch it, and mark in the 10x10 lines. There are a few French knots, and quite a lot of backstitching, but it is a lovely kit. Do take care with the threads: the brands might not match up!