(i think there might have been a fiber-arts-questions thread somewhere but i can't find it so *shrugemoji*) so i'm making a cross stitch sampler for my friends' wedding, and i'm really excited!! i've never really been a "crafty" person, but i really enjoy cross stitch, and it makes me feel good to be able to make this kind of gesture for them. i also think they'll get joy out of the thing i'm planning to make. but i've never designed a piece on this scale before, so i'd appreciate some tips! basically, i'm planning to have a running flower border (the flower is the state flower of the place where we all met) surrounding a central text passage followed by their names and the date. i may add some other embellishments, i haven't decided yet. i have graph paper, but i'm a little worried about my design skills and ability to make the final product look proportional and good. right now i'm thinking it'll fit in a 12-inch hoop on 18 aida, but i'm not sure. also, the text passage isn't in an english script so there aren't font patterns online, but i thiiiiink it won't be too hard to wing it?