Even though I was a shy girl, I had no problem going down THAT path and taking the plunge, so to speak. It was easy, really. Unlike Julie, I didn't need coaxing or a diagram that told me exactly how to do it. I just looked at some pictures in my Mom's magazine, and experimented.
At first it was a tangled mess, but it didn't take me long to get into the swing of things. I just went at it slowly and soon I had what I needed. By the time I had finished, I was seeing pretty colors -- blues, pinks, and maybe even a bit of yellow. Ah what an exciting and blissful experience! I could see the writing on the wall. My world would never be the same.
My first project was a birth sampler (mine, actually) that designed myself by using motifs I'd found in one of my Mom's old magazines. I found a piece of basketweave fabric in my Mom's fabric stash and untangled a wad of embroidery floss that was at the bottom of her sewing case. I still have it, and actually know where it's at! The sampler, that is... not the wad of floss, LOL.