When I was in college, I was the counted crosstitch queen. I would spend hours on end (between studies) doing nothing but crosstitch projects. Most of these projects were images from Precious Moments. I absolutely loved them and if you were someone in my life at the time, then somewhere among your things, you have one of my projects.
About 10 years ago, my sister gave me a beautiful project titled "Earthdancer". This is a gorgeous crosstitch piece and it took me about a year to get all the thread and beads together to make it. It had been a while since I stitched and I didn't know where the Houston shops were. I actually ended up getting all my stuff at a shop in Old Town Spring.
Well, over the years, I keep picking up this project and working on it. I am so discouraged now. I cannot do the beadwork. For some reason, I can't keep the count correct for the beads and they aren't coming out right, specifically the area on the chest and shoulders. I've ripped them out twice and it looks like 3rd time is coming. I even bought a magnifier glass to help me see the stitching better and it's still way off. I am using the exact count fabric that the project calls for; still the beads don't line up.
I'm hoping that I don't give it up alltogether but i certainly don't want to find myself 80 years old upon completion.