my first samurai what I made was a gift , 5 years ago for my husband boss who is Japanese.once the samurai was completed my husband said "I like it very much but for me".I made it en 3 months but like 8 hours a day.last year I made it again for my husband christmas present.everybody was crazy looking my job,in this time took me 6 months to finished because the kids.I am really satisfied with my beautiful job,I LOVE CROSS STITCH,my next project will be "THE LAST SUPPER".
I found this much easier to do than I first anticipated, the colours are so vibrant, the whole design looks exquisite, I am thrilled with it.
This pattern is so beautiful- I have only done one other pattern before this one and I was able to follow this one with not too much difficulty. I am just so pleased with the result. I think it is very stunning- my only complaint is that I have to get an odd-sized frame for it- they don't have any in stock anywhere local.
This is absolutely gorgeous. I found this pattern easier than some others I have which contain many intricate pictures-in-pictures and three different color threads to be combined for one square (which gets confusing) to create a supposedly "unique" color. I finished it in about two weeks (not working constantly). The "Elegance of the Orient" is a bit more "cartoonish" than this Samurai, but I am working on "Jewels of the Orient" and it appears to have more of the realistic quality of the Samurai. I'm sorry to disagree with the other person who wrote in, but it really is not a difficult pattern to follow unless perhaps you are a novice. The resulting image is stunning and you would do well to have it framed. Good luck!