I started to stitch this design a few years ago, and finally picked it up last week. I decided that either I finish it, or give it to someone else to complete. So here I am working on it, and enjoying it as well. It is on 28 count linen. I had it in a large q-snap frame, but found that too heavy to hold with my hand, so decided to go to a small circular hoop. I don't normally use a hoop and am always sure to remove the hoop after stitching since it can certainly leave a terrible mark which sometimes is very difficult to remove. I think though, that once this item is ironed, it should remove any traces of the hoop. I worked on the top left rose today and that was fun with the half stitches. I think if I had tried to stitch this design on 14 count, it would have been tons more difficult since there are so many half stitches. Also there is lots of backstitching which I don't mind since that really makes the design pop! Happy Stitching everyone. I wonder what you are stitching right now??