I completed this project in February after 2 years working on it. I wasn't working on it all the time, just while watching TV.
I haven't got it framed yet (I found this picture), but I plan to do so very soon.
It was a real challenge because every square had some stitching, I always seemed to be changing thread colour, and I learned some new skills as I was going.
The good thing was that there wasn't much backstitch. Just on the lady herself. The lace shawl fringe was done using fine cord and couching.
I can't wait to have this displayed when I finally get it framed.