All I have had time to do today is read the stitch guide...three times. It is full of wonderful directions and great tips. Big tip...stitch the shoes before stitching the gold and black line borders. If I was just stitching along in the order the guide was written, I would have stitched those lines before turning the page to see the tip. And this guide is huge. I don't think it will be as difficult, as say Stirha Cal Dron, but there are a lot of directions. There are referrals to past diagrams from other guides too. You might want to pull those out and put them with this kit so it is ready when you get ready. I have made a copy of the guide that I can write on and not worry about getting dirty. I highlight the number of strands and the thread called for in each area in yellow. Then I highlight the diagram number in pink. That may be going a bit far, but it helps me. So it couldn't hurt. I am really going to try to finish this guy this month. I plan to do the background rings last and then stitch the same background on the bride right after that while I have the count in my brain. Don't forget to make a color photocopy of the canvas for placement purposes later. (Then destroy the copy please!)
Here is Ethan looking over my shoulder. If he wants to sit in my lap, he just puts a paw on my back and waits for me to clear a space for him. When I say, "OK!" he gets in my lap. Cool cat.