Hmmm--that was so long ago!!! Like 1975 maybe. I really don't remember my first piece--I gave them away as gifts-- most were ornaments. I was working evenings and nights (RN) with a gal that was a crafter--she did so many things. She was doing cross stitch and I had never seen it. I had started doing a little embroidery (using all 6 threads--gasp). She got me started on the right path--even gave me some starter lessons in knitting and crocheting. One of my first pieces was a rabbit in an apron and it had a saying about grandma's love--I gave it to my MIL. I will have to take a picture of it on our visit this week. She still has it on display. All of my early stitching was on aida or hardanger (loved 22 count). Here are a couple of first projects that I did. I don't have them hung anymore but had them on my wall for years! I used wooden embroidery hoops to display. I need to take them out and make them into ornaments for my tree. (And give them a good cleaning!) My first big projects were for my mother and MIL. They each got quilt pictures by Paula Vaughn. Loved doing them but boy was that a challenge with all the color changes for the quilts (LOL--that is a piece of cake now). I really was pleased with myself when those were done!
Nope--I think my stitching has taught me patience, given me relaxation, and feelings of accomplishment. I look at others needlework projects, especially in museums and think of the hours that were put into their pieces. I have great admiration for all those young 8, 9 , 10 etc year olds that stitched samplers. In awe of them.
Great topic! Thanks!