After my needlework beginning in school, I asked my mother if I could do a piece of cross-stitch on my own. She took me to the “Old America Store”, a large format craft and home decor store in Richmond back then, and I picked out a cross-stitch book of baby animal designs. Mom wasn’t a cross-stitcher herself, so I really had no guidance. This was my first piece on my own. Things that I didn’t know when I started this piece: 1) cut your fabric well larger than the finished design size (hence this frame being right up to the needlework) and 2) all the Xs are supposed to go in the same direction.