I have my 40 count linen on the frame and ready to attempt the bargello pattern from the book Miniature Needlepoint and Sewing Projects by Kathryn Falk. I am using two strands of DMC floss.
This is roughly an hour's work so it does cover a good area rather quickly. The linen works better than gauze for me, though it does take some concentration to start. You have to be so careful with the count, but I can at least see the threads this time. Once you get the pattern started, it seems to go faster as well. I've stopped short on the right since I wanted to measure against the seat insert and didn't have it handy. Bargello makes for a bulkier end fabric, so I want enough to cover the seat insert without having to tuck stitched portions underneath.