May Birthday Needle Roll by Victoria Sampler
Confederate Grey Cashel linen (28 ct)
Stitched with DMC and Kreinik metallic braids
This is not the first time I’ve tried to stitch this needle roll: when I was starting to get back into cross stitch, this kit was my first attempt at stitching on non-Aida fabric. It was a failure! Very early in the stitching I miscounted, but instead of unpicking my mistake and starting over, I thought I could adjust the size of the following stitches to compensate, and it would all work out … but of course, it didn’t.
As the design drifted further out of alignment, each “correction” getting worse and worse, I had to admit defeat and set the mess aside. Since then I learned that successful stitching doesn’t necessarily mean never making mistakes; successful stitchers recognize their mistakes, take the time to correct them, and move on.
I still wanted to stitch this pretty needle roll, so I bought another kit. I’ve stitched more complicated pieces since then, but because of that first disaster, this needle roll will always be a reminder of how much I’ve been able to progress as a stitcher.
One last look (I promise, this is the last time!) at the anniversary sampler, just back from the framer: