I finally have a few pictures to post of my start of SDW. I am loving this sampler. I have taken everyone's advice to heart. At my cross stitch shop I looked for a piece of 36 ct. Edinburgh Linen to stitch this beautiful sampler on. My shop had a beautiful piece of 40 ct. Edinburgh Linen, but not 36 ct. I just didn't think that my eyes would hold up to stitching on the 40 ct., especially after all the paper work I do for work. One of my friends had suggested that I use 34 ct. Devonshire Cream Linen by Access Commodities. I have never stitched on this size fabric, but it sounded like a great size for me. My shop did not have this color, but they did have the most beautiful piece of 34 ct. Wren Linen by Access Commodities. The linen is so soft to the touch and easy to stitch on. It is almost shimmery and like a beautiful wren's down in its color. I also lucked out with the amount of linen I was able to buy. Because of the size of this sampler, I needed a large piece of linen. The women at the shop determined that I could purchase an entire half yard for less than the actual size cut that I would need. The linen was extra wide, so that meant that I ended up with quite a large piece of linen. Bottom line, I have more than sufficient linen to stitch SDW, and I have a beautiful piece left over to stitch another sampler on. That is exciting. I also experimented with one or two threads and determined that I wanted to use two strands of DMC. I love the coverage. Since I use overdyed threads so often, I had forgotten how beautiful and rich the DMC threads are. I am very happy with my start. I am not the fastest stitcher, but I am quite methodical in my stitching. I can't wait to begin stitching the horse. I will not get a start on the horse until tomorrow because I am going stitching with my friends tonight at the shop. The fabric for SDW is too large to manage with all the people stitching. I hope to post another update on Monday. Enjoy your week-end, and for those of us in the United States, enjoy your Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Monday.