anabel wrote:Thank you for the offer of your book Richard but I have a lot of crossstitch books I think all I need is comfidenc hope thank you again
Well, there's only one way to do that, & it's to give it a try. Cross stitch is truly just one stitch after another, and anyone who has mastered the basics has already got all the skills needed to do 'advanced' work. Because advanced work is simply basic work, with only a little added concentration.
Like you, I was more than a little nervous when I started on my first non-aida project so chose a fairly low colour count & relatively small picture. I did run into a few things I had to get used to, as described in the first post here: http://www.crossstitchforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25792
. However, by the end of that project I was happy & went on to a high colour count, large portrait of my wife which was a fair bit more difficult, because it was at 28ct on black evenweave, not because of any other issue: http://www.crossstitchforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=26356&start=303
. I am such a klutz at manual work, that if I
can do it, then anyone
can. Chances are, you're more experienced than I was at the time. My wife's portrait was only my 6th project ever, and I'm only on 8 & 9 at the moment.