My husband is addicted to airplanes. So a little over a year ago my oldest daughter, China, did her first attempt at a cross stitch as a gift for him She finished it about 1:30 A.M. on December 23 2016. Just in time to give it to him for Christmas. This is her first attempt at cross stitch so there is always room for improvement but as a first attempt not bad. Her threads need to be neater on the back and she need to keep her work cleaner. The easiest way to do that is not to take it on choir tour to work on it. Just let it sit in one spot so it doesn't get messed up. But over all I think he will like it. She will have given it to him before this posts so yes this is posting Christmas Eve but she is giving it to him on Christmas Eve early in the evening.
And here is the back for those that like that sort of thing. You can see if you look close her tails are too long. Makes the back look fuzzy also when you go to mount this in a frame things like this don't let the piece lay as nicely in the frame. As a first project it is pretty good all the same. My first project like this was like 2 inches by 3 inches hers is 11 inches by 18 inches which is a ton more work and takes so much longer to do. I did my first cross stitch about the age of 12 seven years earlier than her wish i knew where mine was if I ever find it I will post it was a girl clown. Hers is much more intricate not a beginner project mine was a beginner project 100%. Neither of us started with stamped cross stitch both started with counted cross stitch stamped is easier it is sort of like color inside the lines but for stitching. She added the name of the plane and her initials and the date after I suggested it I think it finishes the piece nicer to have that on there. Encase anyone wants to do this project the pattern is from A & L Designs P.O. Box 945 Pottsville PA 17901, 717/622-6102 that is from the pattern but i don't know if it still works or not. Item number SA003-B Sky Aces Series p-51-Mustang. Sorry I don't know the publish date. Looks like there might be a few other planes in this series a
P- 38 - Lightning
P-51- Mustang ( shown in this post)
F-4- War hawk
not sure if there is more than that. she found the kit at a thrift shop and thought her dad might like it.
There is also what is called a warrior series which includes