Hi everyone! I am new here, and this is my first post!
This is one of my more recent pieces, I started it April 16, 2012 and finished it on July 20, 2012. I had been wanting to do a reproduction of this piece since 2006ish but it took a few years to perfect the stitches I ultimately used here. I wanted to form smooth curves and lines with cross stitch without using a backstitch. I used some french knots to create the dotted look in two spots, and used a small amount of back stitch in two other spots but the vast majority of all the stitches are cross stitches and variations on the cross stitch. I am so happy with the way it turned out! it is about 9"x12"
here's a really bad side by side comparison of the original and mine
some close ups:
Thank you for looking!!