Thursday, August 18, 2011
Customer Spotlight #16 - Lori Augenstein from Marion, Ohio
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Tell us something unusual about your self:I graduated from Ohio State at age 39 and began my career as a pediatric occupational therapist at age 40. I work mostly with special needs preschoolers. My job is literally play.
How long have you been stitching and how did you start? I started stitching about 27 years ago. I wanted a creative hobby and the pictures on the cross stitch kits were so colorful and inviting.
I have so many pieces! These were handy. The picture of the baby in the wash bowl was from a pattern that appeared in a magazine more than 20 years ago. The "Autumn Queen" is from Mirabilia Designs and "Cupid's Garden" is from Heaven and Earth Designs.
Do you have a favorite designer or style that you prefer? I love Mirabilia. I prefer to work on pieces that have alot of shading and shadowing. I tend to gravitate towards women in flowing gowns. It is sometimes difficult to work with similar colors over large areas but I think the end product is worth it.
Is there anything you wish would change in the cross stitch industry? I wish retailers had a larger variety of the more difficult charts.
How often do you stitch and where do you do it? I stitch on the couch most every night for a couple of hours while I watch T.V. Stitching, for me, is very relaxing and calming. People ask me how in the world I don't become cross-eyed. It is like second nature to me.
Are you embarrassed to admit to friends and family how much stash you have on hand? Besides my 2 daughters and husband, no one has any idea how many projects I have completed or how many I have planned. My biggest problem is that I have only framed a small percentage of what I have done.
Do you have a favorite quote? There are too many quotes out there to pick just one.
Thank you Lori! Please post comments/questions for Lori below.