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In my mind, the connotation associated with the word "stitchery" is hand needlework. I love the word "stitchery." To me, it's everything needle & thread.

But, I want to do a post on my own stitchery in the traditional sense, so here's my first ever cross stitch (that I'm aware of), made when I was probably 6 or 7, strawberries on gingham:

At the other end of the spectrum, here's one that I finished around 1998. It's a pattern by Paula Vaughan called Sonnets of Love:

And here's the pattern - it fell apart from being folded so many times:

Here are the two I made my kids when they were born:

I had my husband & our friend Greg draw chickens and I cross-stitched those. I added glasses to Greg's to somehow make it look like a chicken Yves St. Laurent and Buxiejo Gallery (now closed) put it in their show:

I made a cross stitch about vice and tried to retroactively make it a Day of the Dead entry at Studio 12 Gallery (also closed), which they accepted:

I've made a few others, most notably this one that was in a Buxiejo Gallery show about the color red:

And this one that I made twice for two different friends:

I've made more than this, but it's tough to document it all. These are the ones that stick out most in my mind. I do love to cross-stitch, though not so much recently. I'm sure it's something I'll do again, but for now, stitchery to me is everything needle & thread.

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