My love affair with cross stitching can be broken down in three separate phases of my life: when I as a girl stitching with m granny. These projects were of the child-friendly variety. Unfortunately, I do not have any of the projects that I did at that time. The second phases was after I finished my schooling and I was married. Projects from this phase were gifts. Similar to the first phase of my cross stitching development, I do not have any projects from this time. However I know where to find them. They are in the homes of my girlfriends who had babies at the time, my mother-in-law, and my mother.
I have recently entered into the most recent phase. I was visiting my mother last fall and watched her stitching. I got the itch again. But I decided to do it differently this time. This time I am stitching purely for my own enjoyment.
I am not focusing on what I will do with the completed projected. I am only focusing on stitching whatever catches my fancy. Even if that means that it then remains in a box. I am here to enjoy the process: picking out my next pattern; deciding which fabrics to use; which color threads. Deciding if this pattern will be framed, made into a bag or a pincushion, or if this one will be just for the tactile and visual enjoyment while I am working on it. This time it is all for me. And I am loving it!