I learned to cross stitch back in 1979 when I was pregnant with my first child. I can do the Double Cross Stitch, the Rhodes Stitch, the Tent Stitch, I don't do French Knots though. I usually use beads.
I also know several Needlepoint stitches - the Continental Stitch, the Long Stitch, the Double Hungarian, the Mosaic Stitch, the Parisian Stitch, Giant Knitting Stitch, the Byzantine Stitch, the Hungarian Ground Stitch, the T-Stitch, the Pavillion Diamonds Stitch, the Kalem Knitting Stitch, the Criss Cross Hungarian Stitch, the Alternating Wheat Stitch, the Diagonal Double Cross Stitch, the Diagonal Hungarian Ground Stitch, the Nobuko Stitch, & the Diamond Ray Stitch. Sorry that is quite alot of different stitches.
I love Lugana, Joblan, & Cashel Linen. I buy my fabric at my LNS - The Busy Needle in Tucson AZ, which is where I happen to work.
I love DMC, Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colours, The Caron Collection, Threadworx, & Rainbow Gallery Threads. I love Snowmen (I am a sucker for CM Designs snowmen), Teddybears (especially Tatty Teddys), country motifs, Beach or Flipflops, Fall or Thanksgiving.
I have not done any charity stitching as of yet. I would like to some day.
I rotate my projects. I usually have at least 3 - 4 projects going at the same time. Same with the Needlepoint.
I have several favorites but if I have to choose just one it would have to be the Degrazia Hanukkah piece. It is a Sundance designs piece. It was for a friend whose father was the painter Ted Degrazia's Medical Dr. She grew up knowing him.
I love Paula Vaughn, Stoney Creek, CM Designs, Sekas & Co.
The only model stitching that I have done is for my LNS. I have done Little House Needlearts, & Hinzeit charts.
I love stitching because for me it is relaxing & helps me wind down at the end of the day. The reward I had is when I stitched a piece for a friend & they loved it so much that they cried because they couldn't believe that I took the time to make them something. It touches your heart.
My favorite dessert is homemade brownies, favorite meal is fried chicken breast, greenbeans, corn on the cob & mashed potatoes. My favorite movie is (oh my so many to choose from) Fiddler On The Roof, my favorite book is the Holy Bible, my favorite song is Classical Gas, & my favorite place to visit is Hawaii.
Since I work at my LNS I go to trunk shows all the time. LOL!!!! I have never been to a stitching retreat but look forward to when I can go. I don't join in with other stitchers for our open stitching because I am usually working at the time.
I read, watch TV.
What keeps me motivated is all the new projects that keep coming out & the list of people to stitch for keeps growing too.
My most challenging project was the Thomas Kinkade that I stitched for my DIL. It was one that I was not enjoying stitching as I really don't like kits. It was supposed to be a wedding gift but ended up being a 5th Anniversary gift. LOL!!!!!