Welcome to my new followers, thank you for taking an interest in my attempts at making miniatures!
Sorry I haven't posted for a few weeks, I've had the flu and have not been up to much of anything other than embroidering the rug. It's going much better than I expected and I won't need 400 hours, thankfully. I'm up to about 180 hours. It's very difficult to keep track of the exact amount of time, when you're also doing other things, such as cooking or watching TV. :)) Most of the rest I've still got to do is the background, which is quite boring, but you can also get on with it without having to look at the pattern all the time.
It's on 32 count joblean type fabric, in 225 rows of 185 cross stitches, which makes it just over 15x19cm (6x7.5 inches). This equates to a Real Life rug of about 180 x 230 cm (72x90 inches). Not huge, but that also means it won't cover up the pretty parquet flooring already in the room. BTW I decided to change the colour of the walls (currently green) to either cream or a very very pale blue. That will make the panels with the cranes stand out much better. I posted about the crane paper in September 2012 and no I haven't made the panels yet. Things will suddenly come together though, I'm sure-ish.