On 14count white Aida - stitched with DMC 3362 is The Country House by Ginger Gouger. I chose the green because blue doesn't suit my house colour scheme. I've had this chart for quite some time, but as I've been scrounging my stash for sale for the 'Bronny needs to buy a Sampler' fund - this one leapt out at me. The subtle shading is achieved by a combination of full x-stitch with 2 strands, full x-stitch with one strand and half x-stitch with one strand. At times there does not seem to be a definition of one or two strand x-stitch as I look at it, but then from a distance the subtle change is noticable.
The other WIP is Redbird sampler by Bent Creek - stitched on a 32 count evenweave - over 2 threads using one strand. I did a test stitch and felt that 2 strands of DMC was too bulky for my taste. I admire the look of the specialty floss as per the model, but have to stitch within a budget and use the floss I already have.
Check out this newest blog on the block - I've stumbled across it from Lizzie's Blog - A House in the Country - it looks like a very interesting group of bloggers/designers and I look forward to getting to know them and their designs better. Best wishes on your new venture! Be sure to follow up on their competitions.
Speaking of Competitions - don't forget to leave a message on my last post if you want to join in my Centenary Post celebration. My mystery gift should be a mish-mash of stitcher supplies - possibly some of my hand made buttons - patchwork fabric - stitching fabric and some DMC or other floss.