When I first started stitching I was the type of stitcher that only worked on one project at a time, and did nothing but pre-assembled kits you can purchase at any major craft store that included 14 count white or cream aida. Then I joined a guild and learned all about UFOs (unfinished objects), having a stash, etc. I’m no longer a member of that guild, but treasure most of the experiences I had with it. Including one of the instructors, Karen Duggan from Massachusetts. She changed my stitching life! She was the first person that said to me, “Don’t be afraid to make it your own. Change the floss colors, use a different fabric, whatever. It’s your piece and make it something you like and want to stitch.”
It was after that conversation that my stash started growing…more kits, patterns, fabric, you name it. My fabric choices back then were limited to the small selection of 14 count Aida that Jo-Ann’s carried. Honestly I was afraid to try anything other than that. I kept with the standard white or cream and sometimes used a pastel pink or blue.