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    The Lady and the Unicorn
    GK #1203 Solids
    998x819 stitches
    72/58 inches in size 14 Aida
    I choose this chart over a month ago as my first GK, I had purchased the blended version and it was frankly overwhelming, 115 blended! Than thankfully the solid version came on sale recently and I bought it again, picked up the threads for page one today( I did buy all the skiens for those colors to preserve my dye lots)
    here are some pictures of the actual 14 count Aida in cream, the size is breathe taking when laid all out on a queen sized bed! but I plan to use a pillow case to contain it all as I go. I know this may take me 10 plus years to finish, but I'm turning 40 this fall and plan to finish it for my 50th
    This is and will be my master work in cross stitch I hope
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    "But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."

    Hans Christian Anderson

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    You are of to a great start, Carmen. I'm glad you are so happy about it. Are you going to stitch with three threads or two on 14 count Aida?
    That will be a huge project! Have fun!
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    Wow, what an undertaking Carmen! I think you will be very happy you went with the solid version. Let the stitching begin!!
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    The size of the fabric is crazy, but it will be so be great when you get it done in 2026.
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    Lol,
    I was thinking only two threads, like the Marquise, once it's washed it won't look so 'skinny', and frankly with such a large project; it needs 434 skiens for two thread coverage, adding a third thread is another 200 plus skiens to buy. I thought of it, but the Marquise is 14 count and two threads and she doesn't look too open to me. I was thinking of experimenting and steaming the threads with my steamer and see if they puff up abit like when washed, it might be a kinder way to see the results,
    well...time to do the first stitches this morning!!!!
    "But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."

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ID:	6831The first 200 roughly, there's a leaf coming out and the red brown main color is actually nice. There's a border stitch that I took all the way into page 21, as I had thread and knew it was continuing, so the "page" looks a lot longer than it is I've decided to do this project on an angle across the chart, I'll do page 1, than 2, than go down to 21, than 3, 22,41, etc...than I can work on boring and fun stuff as I go along rather than all the boring for the top 20 pages...not sure I could take that! Plus page 21 has the bunny rabbit lol
    "But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."

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    Great start Carmen! I am so envious of your speed - I think I'm doing well if I get 100 stitches a day, although I normally only stitch in the evenings.
    Wendy

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    Carmen you made a great start on such a massive project. It's going to be fabulous and I hope you don't find it hard work going back to blends after doing a solid pattern ( I did) I started stitching the kids quilt squares on 14ct and worried over the coverage but once they are washed the stitched plump up and look fine, enjoy your new stitch
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    WOW Carmen, that is one mammoth task you have taken on you are going to enjoy this one I love the picture and I agree having all those blended threads would have been so daunting, the project is quite daunting on it's own without the added blends I am looking forward to seeing your progress on this and well done for doing so much already
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    Carmen nice start. looks like you have a solid plan for the rest of it. I used to stitch all my projects on 14 count and liked the outcome a lot, unless you stitch a lot of black your coverage is fine, even with black its not bad.
    Angela
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