I chose Sea Flora because I think this design is lovely and graceful and I just love the colors.
Preparing for a new project has many steps. I have already chosen my fabric, it is going to be a Polstitches opalescent lugana, the color is called "friendship". This part was tricky because the design measures a little over 15 inches tall on 28 count fabric over 2. With a fat quarter I wanted to cut the fabric in half which is what I did (a fat quarter is roughly 18 x 26). Polstitches gives a generous width of 18 1/2 - 19 inches which became my length after the cut so even though that only leaves me with a little less than 2 inches on 2 of the margins I decided to go for it. This piece will probably go in the portfolio when completed.
I pulled all of the flosses that are needed and I had them all. I pulled out the mill hill beads I had and made an order to 123stitch for the beads and kreinik that I didn't have.
Now I have to get my fabric on the scroll rods which is a small process of which I added an extra step of stitching a running thread along the margins that will go parallel to the rods so it will be easier to get the fabric straight when taping it.
Here is my progress on Venetian Mask. She is coming along very nicely but will take a slumber for a while until I get to missing her and want to see her again.