Nov 7, 2006

Set of Firsts

First project. First design. First sampler.

Karen P wrote: Do you remember the first thing you ever cross stitched? Can you tell us what it was? Also, was it stamped or counted?

I come from a family of somewhat ‘crafty’ people. Both my father and grandfather were woodworkers. My grandmother crocheted, knitted, and did ceramics. My mother crocheted and sewed. Hence, I have done all of those things and more over the course of my life.

My first cross stitched piece was a birth sampler I designed and stitched for myself. So obviously, it was counted and not stamped. I was in my early teens. I had seen some motifs in an old magazine my mother had – Woman’s Day or Family Circle, something like that. I had found an old piece of knit basketweave-type fabric and a tangled up mess of embroidery floss in my mother’s sewing box. I untangled the floss and set forth on my journey to create a masterpiece.

This is what I came up with:

It's about 5½x7" in size. Not bad for being my first try and self-taught. Sadly, I didn’t know anything about washing it and keeping it clean all those years ago. It’s rather stained and dirty now.


Cindy said...

Wow, that is just awesome. It looks like you done a pretty good job as well!!!

'Berta said...

How talented you are! No wonder your projects of late look so professional!

Sharon said...

Wow, that is pretty cool-especially that you designed yourself!

stitcherw said...

The little birds are very cute, and the wording is really well balanced. What a great job you did on designing and doing it as a first project.

Barbara said...

That's amazing. Your own design for a first project! And you still have that piece, double wow!

Anonymous said...

WOW! I am so impressed that for your first project, you designed it yourself! I've been stitching for years now and I still haven't gotten the guts to design something!

Anonymous said...

Wowie!!! you did good! I don't have my first piece anymore but I remember it was a toaster cover.