I have just finished stitching a modern swirly turtle. It is stitched on 16 count aida with whole/full stitches only and it has 8 colours. It isn't a difficult design, it took me a couple of weeks to finish but I only stitched about an hour each evening.
I have used Madeira threads, I love Madeira threads they are very strong and shiny.
Queen Victorian in cross stitch kit or pattern alone. Design by Yiota's XStitch, model stitched by Dianna Powsey. Kit available in different fabrics and colours: 14 count aida, 16 count aida, 28 count evenweave.
Size for 14 & 28 ct: 30 x 34 cm (11.8 x 13.4 inches)