I think I got used to smaller projects, that get done faster. The time this one is taking is not what I expected at all. Although if 8×10" takes about a couple days, then 12×16" can reasonably take longer. And take a lot more thread.
I find myself composing smaller parts of this piece, as well as looking at the whole thing. I have more work in the upper reaches, but this part is coming along well. I would like another green-with-touches-of-red multicolored thread to work in the lily pads, and I need to dye some silk PINK for the water lilies.