Thanks for the feedback on Bande de Dragons too. I think I will be taking Christine's advice and cutting down what I have already done and completing the segment of the border as a stand alone piece. Then restarting the design on a higher count over one. It's not just the scratchiness of the fabric it's the large scale. I am used to 32 count or 28 count hand-dyed which shrinks. 14 just seems enormous and it's a big design to start with. 25 count over 1 will bring it to a more manageable size.
At least three other bloggers joined me for the day:
Why not pop over and see how they got on?
Prior to my Marathon we had IHSW hosted by Joysze of Random Ramblings and I made some fantastic progress on my Elizabeth Shephard sampler which has been my designated IHSW project for the last two years. Here's where she was before the weekend: