Well, I dutifully started off by doing a piece on a counted thread base in the traditional sampler format, and nearly DIED of boredom. Now I remember why I don't do cross-stitch - oh, the tedium, put the needle in this hole, bring it out in that one, count how many in between - aaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!
As you can see, by the last row, I was really starting to lose it and thought, bugger it, I'll put that needle in and bring it out wherever I damn well want to - so there.
So I think that will be the last of my attempts at the traditional sampler approach.
My next attempt was using herringbone to embellish a watercolour felted background landscape - much preferred this approach. I also wanted to do a piece using herringbone on sheers a la shadow embroidery - but got caught up in preparing a welcome home dinner for the prodigal daughter who just returned from six weeks in the USA - so didn't get to it, but I think I still will.
I wonder what next Tuesday will bring??