What got me into this blogging thing was first of all because of my son's blogging, and 2nd, because of all of the awesome blogs out there on stitching, whether it be cross stitch, knitting, rug hooking or any other kind of hand stitching. I was amazed by what's out there on the internet. Always been an internet junkie, but never really searched out the blogs.
It looks like everyone absolutely stitches up a storm while I plod along. I did start a new little project which is almost done. I think I am a slow stitcher, but I don't really know. I got all my tools of the trade organized once again, took inventory of the charts I want to work on, as well as my stash of fabrics and threads. I have tons of DMC floss but not a lot of overdyed fibers. We don't have a LNS in our town and the nearest ones are about 40-45 minutes away, so there isn't much temptation to buy a lot of stuff I don't need.
Where I did get a lot of my stash was at a Spirit of Cross Stitch Festival that I attended in 1998 in Hershey, PA. I drove out there alone from Ohio in our un-airconditioned 1970 VW Golf. Some of the things I purchased have been stitched. Others, I wonder, what I was thinking?
I also bought many charts at the Charlotte Needlework Market about 5 years ago. At that point, I wasn't working a career job (left that to stay at home with kids) and was feeling unsatisfied with my job. I was looking into opening a shop in our town, and the owners of Needlework Markets were kind enough to let me attend the trade show. Ultimately I decided that the venture was just too risky. Rents are very high and the market probably just not big enough. I had fun checking it out though, and learned a lot about retail and how to start a business.
So, now I feel that it's time to get back to my roots. As a teenager I sewed constantly and then got into knitting sweaters. Cables, fair isle, pullovers, cardigans, vests, etc. I worked at a needlework shop in my home town in my early 20's, worked at 2 fabric stores later. I am drawn mainly to counted thread work. I like the concentration it takes and the process of putting something on fabric where nothing existed before. And it is all so beautiful....