Let me begin by saying I admire what this woman did. Creating a pattern, even with Photoshop, coming up with the idea, executing a one-over-one project--it all takes creativity. And I admire that. And I completely identify with misunderestimating the time a project will take.
But both the craftzine report of this stitched piece--which, incidentally falls into my favorite category: celebrity faces in cross stitch--and the woman's blog are, shall we say, adorable in their naivete.
I don't want this post to be discouraging to beginner stitchers, or people whose secondary or even tertiary craft is cross-stitch. But I do think it's funny the awe with which the craftzine writer says the piece was stitched with single strands of floss. I'm guessing most loyal readers, nope ALL loyal readers have done a one-over-one project. (Okay 92.38% of you.) I also like how the stitcher wasn't sure she could find six discrete grays. (Too bad she didn't have access to a DMC color family chart. pdf) And I like how she calls 28 hpi "finest resolution"--it's not that that's not the finest, it's using the term "resolution" to describe fabric count.
For these are the people reviving our craft...