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Tell us something unusual about yourself. I am 69 going on 70 too fast. I have had a very good life, happy childhood and great husband and family. I have been able to make my dream come true, being a Walt Disney cast member. I work part time at the Disney Store near my home and every year I visit Walt Disney World with my daughter and this is truly a dream come true.
How long have you been stitching and how did you start. I have been stitching 41 years, starting with needlepoint and then self taught cross stitch.
Why did you select the pieces you did to share with us? The Pentagon (Inez M. Long) was the last military assignment my husband had in the Army. I stitched this especially for him. The lighthouses collage (Howard Koslow) is the largest piece that I have made and it took me several years working on and off to complete. I am now just about to complete "Cat and Mouse" (ANNE MORTIMER). I just have a small area to finish in the lower left corner. At my age the colors have been challenging. We have 4 cats and this reminds me of "Mickey" as seen in chair with my cross stitching.
Do you have a favorite designer or style that you prefer? Lesley Anne Ivory's cat designs are my favorite. Her pictures of cats are very detailed and contain a lot of varies designs with the cat. I prefer 14 ct Aida because of my eyes. I love florals especially Hydrangeas.
Is there anything you wish would change in the cross stitch industry? At this moment I cannot think of anything that I would recommend to the industry. I would like to see more local needlework shops because they have classes and activities for stitchers in their area. My area does not have this luxury.
How often do you stitch and where in the house do you do it? I try to stitch a hour or more each day. My recliner/rocking chair is the living room is my favorite place unless a cat has taken up residence and then I move to the other side of the room where I keep duplicate stitching supplies and a good light.
Are you embarrassed to admit to friends and family how much stash you have on hand? My family does not realize how much I have, and yes, they would be surprised to see my stash in plastic bins and an old trunk. I have been thinning out some of my stash as I know I will not live long enough to finish all I would like to do. My problem is that I am always seeing something new that I want to do.
Do you have a favorite quote? "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything".
Do you have anything else to share? Yes, my own question - What do you do with your finished projects...do you frame them, give them as gifts or store them for framing another time?
ANSWER: I frame my finished project if I have a place for it and it has a special meaning. I have given some small pieces to family.
Thank you Ann!! Please post comments/questions for Ann!