And then last night I went rummaging in a box in the back of the closet looking for something else completely and found this:
OK - it's a little crumpled and the fabric has browned in places with age / dirt / heaven knows what, but this was my Home Economics project in 1982. I think we had to do some cross stitch and I decided against the usual specs case or whatever the rest of the class ended up making and I started my own sampler. (I had to be different - still do!). I vaguely remember looking in some history books and discovering blackwork .. and then I probably copied most of the design (not being creative, you see).
Didn't turn out too bad though.
Well, after that short trip down memory lane, this sampler is going to be wrapped back up and re-deposited in the box in the closet probably to be found again in another 28 years (yikes)!!
This is the only embroidery I have ever done.
I must not have enjoyed it all that much!!