This new year I have decided that while I love hardanger and I like cross stitch surface embroidery and I will never have such an intimate relationship.
Nevertheless, Arabian Nights is progressing. I started off using the floss ply as per the "recipe" but it was too thick for my liking and difficult to keep an even tension on four separate strands. So I reversed myself out of the corner, made my own decision and am much happier now.
While the transfer survived 45 years on paper, I doubted that it would wear so well when transferred to the fabric so have folded up the bottom and am working from the top down.
Although I say that I don't enjoy surface embroidery as much it is fun learning the different stitches even if I do have to hunt out my old stitch dictionary for assistance. So far pricked finger tips, strained eyesight and less than 100% enthusiasm have produced this. (Excuse the poor photography)