Back in the 1990s, I had a span of time when I stopped stitching. I had offered to stitch someone a gift and they chose a large piece that I hated and it took all the joy out of stitching.
About 18 months later I came back to my then small stash - it all fit in a dresser drawer quite comfortably. I became quite active on the AOL cross stitch boards. Unraveling Threads was a favorite place to hang out. But one special board was formed for the fans of Betsy Stinner. The Earth Threads board had a group of over 100 diehard Betsy fans. Betsy herself would even stop by and post.
My first piece using overdyed threads was Betsy so Strawberry Sampler. I love her well-designed band samplers. So many stitches to learn. In fact, this piece has the first queen stitches I ever did.
I have maybe a dozen of her charts? I still want to stitch most of them. I'm sorry I never got to take a class with her. Her illness got in the way the one time I was going to. I'm sorry she has lost her battle with breast cancer. I will always think of her with tremendous fondness.
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