Instead it's the coverage. I know stitchers can debate to the ends of the earth about coverage. I do believe we can all agree that on a full stitched covered piece (ie: HAED, Mystic Stitches, etc) you must have good coverage. But what about on a smaller, more delicate piece?
I love the traditional, antique look of Gervais' pattern; and in looking at the model you can see that the coverage is far from 100%.
Note on the photos: you can see the smoky look on the fabric in these photos that was invisible last time. It's a very subtle marbling that I just adore. It's just hard to photograph.
Now it's important to note that I'm very against bulky coverage. But perhaps this is too little coverage...
It's 1 strand over 2 on 36ct linen (same count and coverage as called for in pattern).
I'm likely to keep going as is no matter what. But I'd love to hear (good or bad) what others think.