It's not the beginning, because apart from the idea, the making started with the lino prints. But now I have 25 pieces of printed fabric to begin the stitching. There was a little remedial work, which I've described in my work blog, and now I'm making decisions about thread colours - before embarking on the Grand Projet.
Is it a kind of madness which has me hooked on hand stitching? I've designed a whole made up of 5 x 5 pieces sized approximately 38x33cm (15x13"), each filled with hand stitching in fine silk. The fabric is cotton lawn which at least will be easier on my fingers. I will also be stitching other projects for a change of scene - and at some point trying out printing with my otherwise redundant pasta machine (see Jac's blog for a brilliant idea). So, will I have finished Soliloquy (the project pictured) before next Spring - I wonder.