Back to the Halloween cute today. This one is "Trick or Treat" out of a Sample the Seasons book I purchased some years ago at Michael's. I stitched this on Aida, before I had ever stitched on anything else. I had stitched for years before I discovered blogging, and had gotten most of my kits and fabric from craft stores instead of actual needlework stores. I would say finding blogging, and all the awesome inspiration and tips/tricks/skill that is out there improved my stitching by leaps and bounds. The second thing that improved my stitching was finding an actual needlework store where I could go and ask questions and see different techniques in person. I still remember asking what the heck evenweave was, and why was it called stitching over one. And they were always nice enough to show me! Was there ever a turning point in your stitching? Where you discovered there were other thread than DMC (not that I don't still love plain old DMC) or fabric other than 14ct white Aida? Or even when you figured out that you didn't have to just buy cross stitch kits? Really for me that turning point was only within the last five years, and I have probably been stitching for close to 20!