I have been feeling nostalgic lately and I was looking at some old papers and I found a copy of my very first design. I remember that I made while I was sitting in Lempster NH at our dinning room table. It was made by hand so the chart has symbols that I penciled in. I made motifs on grid paper and cut them out and arranged them onto a larger sheet of graph paper. I moved them around until I was happy and then I taped them down. After that I started charting the design onto 11ct graph paper with my own symbols and a fine tip marker. It took a long time but it was worth it to me because I missed the seashore. We lived so far out in the woods. It was beautiful there with all of nature, animals and so many sounds but I did miss the ocean. There were no cross stitch shops around either so I decided then to try my hand at making my own. I did not even own a computer at that time and I was never on the internet. This is my first design and I am making it available for you, my Etsy customers. It is in PDF format and has 10 pages with plenty of directions and I even share with you photos of my sketches, with the motifs and some notes on the graft paper.
It is all by hand and made with love because what is summer without a trip to the beach.
Have a great day