I had a brief fling at cross-stitch during college, but it didn't take. I suspect the UFO got left behind when moving out of one of my student apartments, probably under the couch since that was where it spent most of its time.
And then, a few years ago, one of my historian friends brought a bunch of us to a museum in Glasgow to look at turkey red textile printing blocks and swatch books. Downstairs, there was the most magnificent exhibit of things like THIS:
Fascination at first sight. I had no idea there were samplers like this. About a year after that, I learned that there were companies like The Scarlet Letter where one could purchase directions - and kits - for this stuff. Woohoo!!
My first sampler is The Scottish Band from Scarlet Letter, finished this last January and in the blog. I'm learning a lot, which makes me happy (Darleen O'Steen's book, The Proper Stitch, has been invaluable). Clearly, I'm hooked on band samplers, but this group is showing off so much more. It's so much fun to see all the stitching, and all the enjoyment everyone finds in it. And everybody is so supportive, and so NICE!