My early stitching career was mostly about stitching for other people. I was pretty poor when I started stitching, and I could justify the hobby if it were a gift for someone else. (I gave almost all of the gifts unframed.) Now you know why I feel no guilt whatsoever in declaring this the Year of Selfish Stitching. I only have a handful of my own completed projects. That's also why I have documented the early stitching so well. Since so many of my projects were given away to relatives (most notably my mother and her sister), it was pretty easy to track them down when I wanted to get photos of them. Once I stitched a wedding sampler for one cousin, it became "the gift." Birth announcements followed logically from there. Eventually you will see that I stitch for myself. Eventually. But first the dude has to agree to move in with me.
DD asked if I started or finished these projects in the year I am classifying them by. Finished! Definitely. Most of the earliest items only have an approximate date. I do know that I started the first wedding sampler in April 1989 and completed it in just enought time to get it framed and send it in time for the first anniversary in September 1990. But that's why some are classified by month or just year.
Between being sick and beading class I didn't work on my rotation at all. (I think I might move to a screaming rotation or a 10 hour rotation next month. This daily thing is not working real well, is it?) Here's what I did manage: