I dug up some old cross stitching I did. Some of these are from 1990!
It's probably been about 20 years since I've dipped my hand into counted cross stitch. Then, I thought my stitching was pretty good, even stitches, counted well (ha), even tension, back of the project looked neat etc.
Fast forward to now and I've started cross stitching again. Armed with older eyes and a 5X magnifier, I'm a bit disappointed in my stitching. The stitches don't look as even as they could, even though I think my tension is OK. I think it's that I can't always see the lines correctly.
What's good about stitching today? There are tons of helpful cross stitch groups on Facebook.
Then: Pinterest and Facebook didn't exist. Companies rarely had blogs that gave out information.
Now: We have all that at our fingertips, a way to send photos to each other and free advice.
Yesterday, I read an article that said cross stitching/embroidery is on the upswing again and has surpassed all other crafting sales.
Hmmm. Not ready to give up my paper but love that I can combine the two.