I stitched and framed up this name plaque for a great-niece's 6th birthday in November. I wanted to fit the stitched piece into a purchased frame, so I stitched it over 1 on 25 count, full cross stitch. Not a particularly good decision, as it's a messy chart with lots of fractionals and outlining stitches which jump across the cross stitches. To reduce my stress levels, I converted most of the fractionals into full crosses, and sacrificed some of the detail. I framed it in a ready-made 8" x 10" frame, and while I am happy with the outcome, I think I will replace the mount with a plain white one (or perhaps a pale lilac one) with just a slightly smaller opening.
Cicely Mary Barker's A is for Apple Blossom Fairies
I wanted to stitch a birth sampler for my youngest great-niece, whose name also starts with A, as a Christmas gift. I already had the floss kitted up for the Apple Blossom Fairies design, so I decided to stitch the design again, this time over 2 on 28 count, and see if I found it any easier than the over 1 on 25 count effort. The answer was, of course, that over 2 on 28 count was a much better choice.