I LOVE cross stitching. Like L-O-V-E. LOVE!
When I was 15, I was in the middle of a move. My family had most of the house packed up and I was waiting for the moving truck to return. As I was packing earlier, I came across a holly and ivy small counted cross stitch ornament kit. I had set it aside and, now faced with hours before the truck returned, I picked it up.
It felt like I merely blinked once as the hours slipped pass. In a few short hours, the ornament was stitched and the moving truck was ready for another load. I was hooked.
Cross stitching helped me cope through many moves over the following years. It got me through college and into my first home. It was so therapeutic to select colors and fill areas with x’s.
This was pre-internet and I lived in a rural area so in my early years I bought Paula Vaughan books from Walmart and stocked up on DMC floss. I eventually found a cross stitch magazine at a bookstore and entered into the world of mail order (Herschners!).
Now here we are in the middle of the technology and information age! And I want it all! Yet I am still finding gaps in what I am looking for even though I have the world at my fingertips. Gradually, I hope to fill those gaps.
I will naturally dye needlework fabric and design patterns that I can’t find anywhere else. I want patterns that are scary, weird, exciting and totally different. I want to create stuff that isn’t pretty or cute, that is challenging, that explores artistic concepts. This is only the beginning…