I have started on Madam Butterfly. The chart on the right shows I have worked around the outside outline, marking off each set of stitches as I go. She recommends doing the cross stitch portion of the Smyrna cross stitch all the way around the entire chart and then coming back and doing the + over the top of the base stitches after they are all in place. I am doing the cross stitch portion with the recommended #5 Perle Cotton. This is some serious counting!
The chart called for black canvas but as you can see I chose to use gray instead.