As comfort was attained with small blank canvas pieces (sometimes cut in cute shapes, i.e. heart, cross, star), a simple design was added. To a small square canvas a heart outline, or such, was drawn with permanent marker giving the beginner the challenge of following a design.
Advancing on, we progressed to cross stitch cloth in a hoop. Early designs were simple shapes and sometimes their own early art work. Samplers developed from these beginning lessons..and gifts were given to grandmothers to show their heritage being passed along.
Hankies and hand towels, small pillows and bookmarks proudly came from these days of early handwork. I still have many of my children's beginning stitches, such as this playful kitten pillow. They stir fond memories of family and fireplace, of triumphs and trials, of success and starting overs..those wonderful days of early handwork.