Menagerie is finished! It only took me a year & a half to do this year long project... Of course, there were some pretty long stretches when I didn't work on it at all. It is finally finished and I'm quite happy with it.
It is somewhat of a departure for me. I'm not completely thrilled with the shaded blackwork background, but it does set off the "blocks", which is what I wanted. I also backstitched around each block with #4 Kreinik.
One of these days I might even have it framed!