My name is Kevin and I've been admiring the many beautiful samplers everyone is stitching as a part of Nicolas's Scarlet Letter Challenge!
I'm rather new to the world of reproduction samplers, but I have been stitching for the past nine years. I got started in this craft after having back surgery in February of 2004. I was just about jumping out of my skin at having to sit in one particular position, trying to relieve my pain day in and day out, while staring at the mindless junk flashing by me on the TV each day. One day at my neurosurgeon's office, I was complaining about the boredom and depression I was dealing with, and the nurse suggested I take up needlepoint. Not knowing the difference between needlepoint and counted cross stitch, I picked up a Dimensions Gold kit called "Stately Palm" at a local crafts store and went home to figure out how this "needlepoint" worked. I read the directions several times, afraid I'd ruin it or something, and plunged in head first into the world of "counted cross stitch."
Never in my life would I have predicted that nine years later I would live in a house where my guest room has been overtaken by "stash" and that I'd wait eagerly each day for the mailman to bring some new flosses, a chart, or my FIRST ever Scarlet Letter reproduction sampler kit! I'm blogging about my experience as well on my own blog, Cabbages and Kings.
I'm very excited to be joining you this week as I make my first stitches on a reproduction of a sampler originally stitched in 1758 by Elizabeth Simon. I look forward to posting my pics here with all of your gorgeous pieces, and I'll be writing about my experience on my own blog in a little more depth.
Thanks for having me join you in this challenge.