thread conditioner, and it seems to be helping. The fabric is an 18-count Aida. That is abating with time as the fabric gets scrunched. I decided to use my scroll frame (the particular one I have fits into the groove in my lap stand), which leaves both my hands free.
Here are some shots of my progress:
My stitching friend said I ought to tell Grace and Anthony that they cannot get married until I finish their sampler. Somehow, I don't think they would like that . . .