I attended an exhibit by our local EGA chapter in 1998. I joined the chapter and in August 1998, took my first Saturday workshop - stitching on Linen. Each of us had our own copy of Ginnie Thompson's Linen Stitches book, two colors of flower thread, needle, and a couple scraps of linen.
We learned the basics of cross stitching, eyelets, and the nun edge. Once home, I went thru the rest of the diagrams + added stitches to my linen scrap. I think I had the hang of linen ; )
In November (1998) the chapter visited the Scarlet Letter in Wisconsin. I was enchanted by the farm animals, the books, and in awe of every sampler model on the walls .... never mind I didn't have a clue how to do most of the needlework skills! Yet, I bought kits - couldn't miss the opportunity.
I signed up for an EGA Correspondence Course on English Band Samplers. Thru the course, I learned whitework (below), double-running (blackwork), queen stitches (samples above), spot motifs (left), a variety of specialty stitches. I don't know if I will ever actually finish the thing, I did learn a lot.
To summarize, once I visited Scarlet Letter & saw the needlework on the walls, I was hooked! For me, it was wonderful to have the kits in hand, and learn the different techniques to recreate them.
Thank you Nicola, and others participating, for sharing their needlework journey on these blogs.