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I honestly can't remember what inspired me to try cross stitch, but I do recall being drawn to this gorgeous image of a young girl Collecting Shells on the beach. 

Collecting Shells

12" x 16" on 14 count Aida fabric

Completed circa 1999

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Whilst I never set foot on a beach until I was considerably older than the girl depicted on this picture, even my mother agrees that she resembles me at that age.

Unfortunately, I do not recall when I finished this piece - nor when I began it for that matter.  (Hey, it's been over a decade!)  But it was sometime in 1999 and took appoximately six months to complete.

I used a counted cross stitch pattern - a technique that appeals to my mathematical mind - providing the perfect activity whilst watching TV.

Sadly, the thread has faded over the years - despite being framed and positioned out of direct sunlight (or so I believed).

Never mind, nothing lasts forever and I have long since stopped using my married name.   ;o)

 

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