How did you learn to needlepoint? Did you learn as a child or as an adult? Do you remember your first project?

My story begins when I was about 8 years old. My mother had not finished my Christmas stocking and, as only a child can, I said, "It's okay, Mom. I'll learn to needlepoint and finish my own stocking!" My mother always likes me to mention that she put on the gas and did actually finish the stitching. But she also capitalized on a teachable moment and took me to The Point of It All. I've been needlepointing ever since.

When I was about 10 years old, I won a first place ribbon in the junior division of the Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Show, a national competition. I didn't stitch much in college but picked it up again later. Now I stitch nearly everyday.

One evening my husband and I were watching a movie when suddenly I put down my needlepoint and packed up my supplies; I was tired of stitching that evening. Chris immediately asked if I was ill; he has so rarely seen me put down my needlepoint!

I've just started a photo album with a picture of every piece I've stitched. It's great to look through it and remember all the projects. I highly recommend starting your own album.

Please write in with stories of how you learned to needlepoint!

Happy stitching,