My IHSW piece has been The Scarlet Letter's Elizabeth Shephard for some time now. I have reached the bottom right of the design so we can see the full width and height of the piece now.
The chequerboard was nice and easy, once you made sure you had counted correctly it was a matter of repeating the rows until it was finished.
stitched on 30 count linen using the AVAS silks supplied.
I know people rave about silks but to be honest I am not that enamoured of them. They are not difficult to stitch with (aside from the usual one strand issues of the needle coming unthreaded more often as you reach the end of the length) but are they worth the extra money? I'm not sure. I also plan to never use 30 count linen again! I must actually measure it because it seems bigger than 28 somehow.
She does look wonderful as I stitch her and the chart is really easy to follow. It has the most amazing overlaps between pages which I love. So much easier than those fiddly little two row overlaps.